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Rays’ Chris Archer loses 19th game as Boston wins 2-1

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He pitched well. Really, he did. Just not well enough. Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer lost his 19th game of the year – the most ever in a single-season for the franchise – in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox Friday night. It was the 11th straight loss by Archer to the Red Sox. Archer is the first 19-game loser since Kansas City’s Darrell May in 2004. Archer gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz…

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Rays beat Red Sox as Mikie Mahtook snaps a long hitting slump

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As they compete for the AL East pennant, the Boston Red Sox are probably asking themselves one question this morning. Mikie Mahtook? Really? The Red Sox lost their second straight game to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, dropping a 2-1 decision as Mahtook knocked in Steven Souza with the winning run. Mahtook had been mired in 0-for-34 slump, and the hit left his average at only .138. Only three other Rays have ever had longer hitless streaks (Luke Scott’s…

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Red Sox’ David Ortiz joins baseball’s 500 homer club

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According to the original plan, David Ortiz was supposed to be on the bench Saturday night. Instead, he spent the evening circling the bases. Ortiz hit two home runs – his 499th and his 500th – to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-4 victory over a Rays team that continues to try to get on a hot streak. Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fifth for reach his milestone. Ortiz becomes…

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