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.