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Rays keep rolling behind red-hot Chris Archer

Jul 21, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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The Rays are by far the hottest team in baseball.

With young right-hander Chris Archer yielding only one run over seven innings and both Evan Longoria and Luke Scott providing home runs, Tampa Bay won its sixth straight game on Sunday afternoon in a sweep of the Blue Jays at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

Archer has a 0.41 ERA over his last 22 innings and the Rays have been winners in each of his last six outings. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.76 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 58 2/3 total frames since his promotion to the major leagues on June 1.

The Rays are now just one game back of the Red Sox in the American League East standings.

They’re 20-4 since June 21.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Archer pitched very well. I am impressed. For the second game in a row Rodney almost blew the save. Given the amount of pitches he has thrown lately, Rodney will not be available to pitch for a while.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Archer pitched a good game, but the Jays choked big time with runners on base, time for Toronto to sell, sell, sell.

    • mf44srq - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Days like today that I wish Fernando Rodney would just shoot himself in the face with that damn arrow…

  2. shavodog1 - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    We’re gonna take the division no doubt & everyone will still sayTampa doesn’t deserve a team…

  3. tuberippin - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Dude is on the come up. I’ve heard comparisons to David Price. A lot of his troubles seem to stem from high pitch counts and a bit of wildness, but his talent level is tantalizing. If he continues to blossom, the Rays might be more inclined to trade David Price next season.

  4. dondada10 - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Archer lets them deal Price in the off-season for another Wil Myers type of prospect.

  5. pisano - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    The Rays will win the AL East, as a matter-of-fact, after this upcoming set with the Red Sox, they will be in first place. Good pitching will always stop good hitting, and the Rays have by far the best pitching in the American League East.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Red Sox take note. Let the young bucks loose and see who wants to pitch in the big leagues instead of using that talent to acquire an above average pitcher.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Tying run on 2nd with none out and Bautista, who is supposed to be the team’s top player, couldn’t even move him over but struck out on a pitch somewhere around the broadcast booth. Embarrassing.

    • pisano - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Embarrassing? try watching the Yankees score runs, the only reason they got seven runs last night was because Dempster is a bum, and the Sox were making errors. That’s embarrassing!

  8. 2011dsdad - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Playoffs run through St. Petersburg

  9. gotampabay52 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    ProudAmerican we just swept the easy Jays not to take down the easy sox get ready Tampa is playing great Rodney 6 blown saves 3 against the easy jay which hurts because going in to bean arm pit town those 6 blown saves hurt but easy Jays wad a nice series sweep

  10. gotampabay52 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Rodney will pitch every chance we get at a save stupid ProudUrCountrySux

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      At least we can speak English, eh?

  11. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    In other news, Ray’s attendance still horrible.

  12. 13arod - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Meet him in minors when he was with cubs nice guy

  13. jdubfla - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Started the roll over the last place Astros kept it up over the last Place White Sox then beat the last place Astros again andnow they keep it up with wins over the last place Blue Jays.

  14. pisano - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    pc….. he’s back!

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