St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Chris Archer threw his first career
shutout to help lift the Tampa Bay Rays past the Houston Astros, 5-0, in the
rubber match of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
The Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012, Archer (4-3) showed he can
be dominant in the big leagues as well. He scattered just five hits and didn't
allow a free pass while striking out a season-high eight batters.
Desmond Jennings collected two hits, including a two-run home run, while Evan
Longoria added an RBI for the Rays, who head into the All-Start break on a
roll, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
Erik Bedard (3-6) surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and
two walks while striking out six over five frames to absorb the loss.
Brett Wallace's double was the only extra-base hit for the Astros, who end the
first-half of the season losing seven of nine.
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