BY: John Mamola

Chris Archer’s lone mistake cost the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.  Archer’s bases loaded walk to Christian Yelich was the lone tally in a game that sends the Tampa Bay Rays losing streak to eight games and a winless road trip as the team heads back to Tampa Bay.

Archer came into the game with a 1.02 ERA in his last three starts striking out 23 in 17 2/3 innings work, and he continued that roll in Miami.  Archer pitched seven strong innings allowing the lone run on five hits with eight strikeouts.

The Rays offense has now scored six runs combined in their last six games as the Rays continue to own the worst record in the American League following the worst road trip in franchise history.

Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 straight innings with a complete game shutout only allowing eight hits by the Rays offense which continues to struggle with runners in scoring position.  The Rays have not had a hit with runners in scoring position in their last 22 chances.

The Rays return home to wrap up the annual “Citrus Series” with two games against Miami at Tropicana Field.  David Price will look to turn the Rays’ tide against Tom Koehler.  Catch all the action on WDAE beginning with the pre-game at 6:30pm, and first pitch at 7:10pm.