Pirates' Chris Archer: Strikes out seven in win
Archer (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks across six innings during a victory against the Reds on Sunday.
The 30-year-old was probably fortunate to stay in the game long enough to earn the win. After Derek Dietrich admired his second-inning homer a little too long, Archer threw behind his back in the next at-bat. The home plate umpire, however, issued a warning rather than ejecting Archer. The right-hander gave up two homers before throwing at Dietrich but nothing after, and the Pirates scored a season-high seven runs to support Archer. He is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 11 innings. His next start will likely come against the Nationals.
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