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Chris Archer dominant as Tampa Bay clobbers Houston Astros

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How good was Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon? He was good enough, for instance, that he left George Springer of the Houston Astros grumbling on Tampa Bay’s 10-4 victory. On Archer’s final batter of the day, he struck out Springer after Springer had fouled off five pitches. Springer objected to Archer’s celebration, suggesting that Archer act as if he had struck out someone before, although Archer leads the American League in strikeouts (and losses). “I…

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Rays give up back-to-back homers in ninth to lose to Astros

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For a last-place team, most nights end in disappointment. Still, there are the routine losses, and the wipeouts. There are boring losses. There are losses by the rotation and the batting order. Then, there are games like this, where the defeat reminds you of the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays dropped a 5-4 game to the Houston Astros Friday night as closer Alex Colome, the team’s all-star this year, gave up back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to…

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Rays’ Matt Moore pitches gem, but Matt Andriese sent to bullpen

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Matt Moore kept his place in the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching rotation. Matt Andriese did not. Moore threw his best game of the season, shutting down the Houston Astros on two hits in a 5-0 victory. He overcame a 37-pitch second inning and settled down behind a sharp curveball, giving up only a pair of singles to Jose Altuve. He struck out 10, tying for his season high. It was his first scoreless start since September of 2015. Moore has…

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Astros hand Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer his eighth loss of the season

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Chris Archer was good. But not good enough. Steve Pearce had three hits. But the rest of the team had only three. The Tampa Bay Rays made a run at the end. But they fell short. And so it went for the Rays Saturday night. They fell, 4-3, to the Houston Astros in a game that wasn’t quite good enough. Tampa Bay fell to four games under .500 with the loss. “He was outstanding,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “He…

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Rays’ Alex Colome stays perfect with his 18th save of the season

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The bases were loaded. A good hitter was at the plate. A one-run lead seemed kind of shaky. Yep. Alex Colome had the Houston Astros just where he wanted them. Colome pitched his way out of trouble again Friday night, getting his 18th straight save as the Rays stopped Houston, 4-3. The Rays are now 28-31 and within reach of .500 again. Colome struck out Colby Rasmus, then he coaxed a ground ball out of Evan Gattis. Shortstop Brad Miller…

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Rays beat Houston 1-0 behind Chris Archer’s dazzling performance

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Every now and then, a player takes a game as his own. Every now and then, the other players on the field are only supporting characters. For Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros was such a night. Archer was as impressive as in any game this season, throwing a one-hit shutout against the Astros and striking out 11 batters. It was the Rays’ first complete game in the last 154, and Archer’s first…

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Rays win big over Astros as Erasmo Ramirez takes 10th victory

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue to embrace Erasmo Ramirez, their find of the off-season. Ramirez ran his record to 10-4 in an easy 9-2 victory over the first-place Houston Astros Monday night. Ramirez has made 15 starts since May 14 and and has gone 10-3, third in the American League for victories over that span. He is 10-0 when receiving two runs or more of run support. The Rays are now 5-0 on the season when facing their former pitchers.…

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