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Red Sox continue their mastery over Chris Archer

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Sooner or later, there was bound to be a day like this.

Sooner or later, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays was bound to lose.

Archer was beaten for the first time since May 7, 10 starts aga, as the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs to earn a 5-3 victory over him Sunday afternoon. Archer struck out 10, but one of the long balls he surrendered was a two-run homer to old nemisis David Ortiz.

Archer had led the American League in era, and he was 6-0 with a 0.91 era during his winning streak. Archer, however, is 1-6 in his last seven decisions against Boston.

Justine Masterson, who had been 2-8 against Tampa Bay, got the win, including a 1-4 mark with a 6.92 era at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox built a 4-0 lead behind homers by Ortiz, Pablo Sandavol and Alejandro De Aza.

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and RBI for the Rays.

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 [email protected]

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