Behind Archer, Rays End Losing Streak

The Tampa Bay Rays (66-93) ended their six game losing streak and avoided a four game sweep by defeating the Chicago White Sox (77-82) 5-3. Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays and Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA) takes the loss for the White Sox. Alex Colome worked the ninth inning and picked up his 36th save in 38 opportunities.

Archer Avoids 20th Loss:

Chris Archer avoided becoming the first big league pitcher since Mike Maroth lost 21 with the Detroit Tigers in 2003.

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He allowed three earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two in 6 2/3 innings. His seven innings pushed him over the 200-inning mark for the second consecutive season. He becomes the fourth Rays’ pitcher to record back-to-back seasons of 200 innings following James Shields (6 straight, 2007-2012), David Price (3 straight, 2010-2012), and Matt Garza (2009-2010).

Bullpen:

Brad Boxberger came in to retire Adam Eaton to end the seventh inning and Erasmo Ramirez worked a scoreless eighth inning.

Offense:

Mikie Mahtook hit his third homer of the season to give the Rays a 2-0 lead. All three of his homers have come in his past 22 games (17 starts) dating back to the end of his 0-for-34 skid. He finished the night with a 2-for-4 with a homer and double and is batting .294 (20-for-68) in his past 22 games.

Kevin Kiermaier finished the night with three hits. It was his eighth game of three hits or more on the season and first since September 22nd against the New York Yankees. His season high for hits in a game is four against the Yankees on September 8th. He’s batting (36-for-110) over his last 29 games since August 27th, raising his average from .219 to .250 and his on-base percentage from .307 to .333.

Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits and finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk. It was his third multi-hit game since joining the Rays on September 8th. He also added a stolen base in the top of the seventh inning.

Brad Miller walked three times. It was his first three walk game as a member of the Rays and his third game in his career. The last time he drew three walks in a game on July 25, 2014 against the Baltimore Orioles while he was a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Curt Casali finished the night 2-for-4 and is batting .364 (8-for-22) over his past six games.

Up Next:

The Rays travel to Texas to take on the Rangers in their final series of the season beginning Friday night. Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.34 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays and Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.53 ERA) takes the mound for Texas.