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Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer struggles again in loss to Red Sox

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The problem isn’t physical, the Tampa Bay Rays say.

The problem isn’t mechanical.

For Chris Archer, the problem is that opposing batters keep mashing his pitches into the outfield. Archer fell to 0-4 on the season Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox, giving up three runs in the first and five in the first two innings in a 7-3 defeat. He threw only 4 2/3 innings but gave up eight hits, six earned runs and three walks. He faced 23 batters but gave up 11 baserunners.

“It might just be a little bit of a run,” said manager Kevin Cash.

“The first inning put the team behind the eight ball,” Archer said. “I didn’t execute pitches very well. They made the most out of [it]. I am capable of executing pitches better than I did.

“I’m not happy. I just have to be better. I’ll continue to work hard and get better every day. I trust and believe I’ll get past this.”

The Red Sox had 12 hits as they built a big lead.

For the Rays, Corey Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier each had two hits. Dickerson hit his fourth home run and a double while Kiermaier had a double.

The Rays play the deciding game of the series today at 1:35. Jake Odorizzi faces former Ray David Price.

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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