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Archer spins first career shutout to lead Rays over Astros

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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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