Game 117: Archer Struggles As Rays Lose 6th Straight

By Jenna West

It was a slugfest at Tropicana Field Tuesday night, but the Rays fell short in their 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle’s Brad Miller led off with a solo shot off of Chris Archer in the top of the first inning to quickly put the Mariners ahead. Ben Zobrist answered with a leadoff one run homer of his own off of Erasmo Ramirez in the bottom of the inning to tie the score.

Miller and Zobrist continued the action in the fifth inning as Miller homered again, giving the Mariners a 4-2 lead. However, Ben Zobrist retaliated with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. This marks only the third time since 1916 where leadoff hitters for both teams have hit two home runs in the same game.

After Miller’s first inning homer, Archer struck out three batters before the Mariners were able to strike again. In the top of the fourth inning, Justin Smoak singled to right field, but shortstop Yunel Escboar deflected the throw from Matt Joyce, allowing the Mariners to score two runs.

In the sixth inning, the Rays’ newly acquired reliever, Wesley Wright, gave up one run before striking out two hitters. Later, in the seventh inning, the Rays had a chance to tie the game after Joyce and Longoria were walked. However, the Rays failed to score any runs.

Archer gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings, while throwing five strikeouts. Overall, the Rays pitching staff had eleven strikeouts and gave up 12 hits to the Mariners.

Seattle’s Ramirez faired slightly better than Archer, giving up seven hits and four runs with seven strikeouts. The Mariners’ pitching staff had twelve strikeouts and gave up eight hits against the Rays.

Tuesday night’s game was the first of a three game series against the Mariners at Tropicana Field. The Rays will hope for better results next time around.