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Tampa Bay Rays are swept by Kansas City as team’s slide continues

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The slide continued for the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night in Kansas City.

The Rays were swept by the Kansas City Royals, losing 6-3. It was the team’s 10th loss in their last 12 games.

Chris Archer struggled again, giving up four runs in the first two innings. The Rays came back to within 4-3, but a pair of sacrifice flies closed it out for the Royals, who lead the American League Central. Tampa Bay, in last place in the AL East, are now seven games under .500.

Archer is now 3-7 on the season.

“We were down from the start really quick,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Arch came out, and his approach was the pound the strike zone. Their approach was not to take anything. These guys they can hit. They’re playing with a lot of confidence and energy.”

Tampa Bay did manage nine hits, including two each by Evan Longoria and Curt Casali.

The Rays now travel to Minnesota to start a four-game series. Matt Moore pitches for the Rays.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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