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Tampa Bay bats quiet again as Rays offer little support to Chris Archer

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James Shields had days like this. David Price went through a few, too. And now, Chris Archer.

This is what being an ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays is all about. It is making one mistake, and having it beat you. It is watching zeroes go up when your team is at bat. It is a losing streak with little support.

This time, it was 4-0, Toronto Blue Jays.

Archer failed to win his 10th game for the fourth time this season. The Rays have lost all four of those starts, and Archer has lost three of them.

It was the fourth time this season Tampa Bay has been shut out in an Archer start. Not that the Rays score a lot for anyone. The Rays have won 17 games this season while scoring three runs or less, the most in the American League.

Marco Estrada, who was perfect for eight innings in an an earlier start against the Rays, pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball for the Jays. He pitched to the minimum through seven innings.

Archer allowed only an infield hit for the first four innings, but in the fifth, he gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello. Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Brandon Gomes.

Today, the Rays visit Philadelphia. They will start Matt Moore against David Buchanan, who is 0-5.

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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