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Yankees go long to come back against Rays’ Chris Archer

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For two-thirds of the game, the Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be on their way to a significant victory over the New York Yankees.

And then the ball was on the other side of the fence, and the Rays were on their way to another defeat.

The Yankees came from behind to beat the Rays, 6-4, behind home runs by Brian McCann (his 25th of the year) and Alex Rodriguez (his 28th). Chris Archer had a 3-0 lead for the Rays but could not hold it. The Yankees scored six times in their final three at-bats of the day.

Kevin Kiermaier had spotted the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second inning with his eighth home run of the year.

Archer gave up six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. In eight appearances, Archer had been 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA. But Sunday was hardly his day.

Drew Smyly will pitch today in Detroit against his old team.

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 [email protected]

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