Archer got through six innings, but allowed five earned runs on five hits. Though he did manage to strike out 10 batters, he allowed the most runs during a start over his last nine appearances.
Archers ERA ballooned to 2.31 with the sub-par outing. He has 133 strikeouts and 25 walks over 109 innings of work this season.
"He continues to go out and impress," manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "Especially against that lineup, that's an extremely difficult lineup to have that many at-bats against. They just pick up on your mistakes. Doesn't matter how good your stuff is. They're going to get you eventually. Arch just kept pumping fastballs and sliders, and they just couldn't quite time him up."
Archer went eight innings, gave up three hits, one walk and struck out seven batters. Archer was in command for the majority of his time in the game. Over his past eight starts, Archer has posted a 1.66 ERA.
"He had done his job," Cash said. "He could have gone more, but we've tried to stay fairly consistent. We're going to turn it over to the guys in the bullpen. Arch had done more than enough in that outing."
For the season, Archer is now 9-4 with a 2.10 ERA.
His next start is projected for Sunday against the Red Sox.
It wasn't the sharpest performance of the season for
Archer lasted just five innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, but got off the hook and earned a win when the Rays rallied in the sixth inning.
Archer struck out three and walked two over the course of his 89-pitch effort to improve to 8-4 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.18. He has now won five straight decisions and has not lost since May 7.
Archer gave up an early RBI single to Jose Abreu in the first inning, and then Melky Cabrera knocked in a run in the fourth, accounting for both runs to come against Archer on Saturday. Archer faced one batter in the eighth, walking Adam Eaton, before getting lifted from the game.
The two runs Archer gave up on Saturday were his most in last five starts, as his ERA actually increased to 2.00.
"The goal every time I step on the mound is to get a team win, and how do I do that? I focus on 60-feet, 6 inches away, and that's it," Archer said, per MLB.com. Anything more than that, any move that they make, I can't control. I just have to focus on, you know, if I don't walk that guy, we're not even having this discussion."
Archer was forced to settle for a no-decision after the bullpen gave away the lead in the eighth inning. He's due to make his next start on Thursday against the Nationals in Washington.
Archer, who picked up the win, tossed seven innings strong innings, while striking out 11 batters. Archer became the first pitcher in the modern era with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks in three consecutive starts, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
"I'm just getting more comfortable with my stuff -- understanding myself, understanding the opposing team, again, trusting my defense," Archer said. "We made some great plays today. … We were in sync."
Archer (7-4) has a 1.84 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 83 innings this season.
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