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Rays return to their losing ways as Chris Archer falls to Boston Red Sox

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Well, that didn’t last very long.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who snapped an 11-game losing streak Monday night, were right back at it on Tuesday. This time, they lost an 8-2 game to the Boston Red Sox, giving them 12 losses in 13 games.

During that streak, the Rays’ pitching has given up 87 runs, or 6.7 per game.

In particular, the bullpen has been awful. The Rays bullpen has a major-league-worst 9.00 ERA (36 earned runs in 36 innings pitched) over the 1-12 stretch.

“I know the game got separated by a bit there at the end,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “Obviously, it was a closer ballgame. Kind of an odd ballgame from the first couple innings. Ultimately, came down to the 4th inning. We didn’t get it done when we had an opportunity. We did get some momentum to make it 2-1, but gave them the run back which is kind of a dagger that you’re looking to avoid right there.

“Have to try to find a way to come up with that big hit and also, when we did get one, two or five to come up with that shutdown inning.”

The Rays had 18 hits on Monday but got only 1/3 as many this night. For the Rays, the fourth inning was especially damaging. Trailing 2-0, they loaded the bases with no one out but scored only once.

Travis Shaw had three hits and five RBI for the Red Sox.

For the Rays, it was another losing effort for Chris Archer (4-11). Archer struck out nine, but he gave up seven hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. As for a small victory, Archer did get through the first inning scoreless. Coming into the game, he had a 10.69 ERA in the first and a 3.43 afterward.

“You know he’s battling,” Cash said. “He’s doing everything he can to be as consistent as possible. He is working as hard as he possibly can to get it figured out and get that positive consistency going in the right direction.”

Said Archer: “There were some situations where I would have preferred not to walk people. Overall, though, I felt like I pitched a decent game. Not good enough to get the win, so not very happy with it.

“You can always execute pitches at a higher level.”

Today, the Rays send Matt Moore to the mound to face former teammate David Price.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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