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Suddenly powerful Rays give Chris Archer sufficient support

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For a chance, Chris Archer had plenty of run support.

So much so that he should have saved some.

The offense of the Tampa Bay Rays, dormant for much of the season, broke out with a season-high four home runs in an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. Archer, who had been getting only 2.45 runs of support per game, won for the first time since June 23. He had lost his last four decisions.

It was the third straight win for the Rays and one of the rare games when Tampa Bay has won going away. Vets Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera homered, as did youngsters Mikie Mahtook and Richie Shaffer. For Shaffer, it was his first career hit.

Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera each had three hits for the Rays.

For the White Sox, Chris Sale allowed seven earned runs for the second straight start.

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

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