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Rays 5, Astros 0

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer didn't need much run support from the struggling Tampa Bay hitters.

Archer allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria homered on consecutive pitches, and the Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-0 on Thursday night.

"Tonight he was dominant," Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan said of Archer.

Archer (4-4) struck out eight and walked two to help the Rays win for the sixth time in the last 23 games.

"It makes a huge difference when you're pitching ahead," Archer said. "Just getting strike one is key and that's what tonight was proof of."

Three Tampa Bay relievers completed a three-hitter, sending Houston to its fourth straight loss.

Kiermaier hit a two-run homer before Longoria had a solo drive off Paul Clemens in the seventh.

Collin McHugh (4-5) gave up two unearned runs and four hits over six innings on his 27th birthday.

"He's got weapons," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He's got know-how too."

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Yunel Escobar's run-scoring single and a bunt by Hanigan. Tampa Bay got a break when shortstop Jonathan Villar dropped a throw on Brandon Guyer's potential double-play grounder after a leadoff single by James Loney.

"You look at the quality of pitches he was throwing at that point, he pretty much was in control of the game," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It was a groundball, double-play ball that we end up not recording a single out. Now it turns it into a pretty stressful inning."

Jose Altuve opened the Houston fourth with an infield single and swiped second, but was left stranded. The Astros also failed to score during the sixth when Altuve singled and stole his AL-high 26th base.

One day after loading the bases with no outs in the first inning and not scoring in a 2-0 loss to Baltimore, the Rays failed to capitalize during the opening frame Thursday despite having runners on first and third and no outs. McHugh struck out Kiermaier and Longoria before getting a comebacker from Loney.

Ben Zobrist, 1 for his last 37 with runners in scoring position, popped out, Kiermaier struck out and Longoria hit a liner to third after the first two Rays drew walks in the third.

"We had plenty of opportunities early," Maddon said. "It finally kicked in late."

Notes

The Rays placed OF David DeJesus on the 15-day DL with a broken left hand. DeJesus expects his hand will be in a splint for three weeks. ... Guyer (broken left thumb) was activated from the 15-day DL. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will need at least one more minor league start. Hellickson has made three rehab starts, including the last two at Triple-A where he has allowed 11 runs and 18 hits over a combined five innings. ... Houston RHP Brad Peacock, (food poisoning), Saturday's scheduled starter, rejoined the team. ... Rays LHP David Price (5-6) and Astros RHP Jarred Cosart (6-5) are Friday night's starters. Cosart beat Price, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, in his big league debut last July 12.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

K. Kiermaier
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

C. Archer
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3000100 .282
Jose Altuve, 2B4020001 .331
George Springer, RF4010013 .246
Jon Singleton, 1B4000023 .224
Matt Dominguez, 3B4000031 .249
Jason Castro, C3000110 .221
Chris Carter, DH3000031 .189
Alex Presley, LF2000111 .239
Jonathan Villar, SS3000011 .204
Collin McHugh, P0000000 .000
   Paul Clemens, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals30030312  
Batting
SB - Jose Altuve 2 (26, 2nd base off Archer/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Collin McHugh (2, Throwing), Jonathan Villar (10, Missed catch of throw)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Collin McHugh (L,4-5) 6420360 2.76
Paul Clemens 1433002 6.08
Chad Qualls 1100000 2.19
Pitches-Strikes - Collin McHugh 104-62, Paul Clemens 14-9, Chad Qualls 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Collin McHugh 5-8, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Collin McHugh 26, Paul Clemens 7, Chad Qualls 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4010103 .241
Ben Zobrist, 2B3000103 .248
Kevin Kiermaier, RF4112024 .316
Evan Longoria, 3B4111024 .265
James Loney, 1B4120012 .278
Brandon Guyer, LF4100011 .246
Matt Joyce, DH4010002 .266
Yunel Escobar, SS4011001 .247
Ryan Hanigan, C2121100 .235
Chris Archer, P0000000 .000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
Totals3359536  
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (14, McHugh)
HR - Kevin Kiermaier (4, Clemens), Evan Longoria (9, Clemens)
SH - Ryan Hanigan (2)
RBI - Kevin Kiermaier 2 (6), Evan Longoria (33), Yunel Escobar (19), Ryan Hanigan (25)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kiermaier 2 (2), Evan Longoria (17)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (W,4-4) 6.2300280 3.14
Brad Boxberger (H,4) 0.1000010 2.96
Joel Peralta 1000100 3.69
Grant Balfour 1000030 5.72
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 102-62, Brad Boxberger 4-3, Joel Peralta 20-11, Grant Balfour 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 1-11, Joel Peralta 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 25, Brad Boxberger 1, Joel Peralta 4, Grant Balfour 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10880
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Seth Buckminster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Brian Knight