Chris Archer kept the Tampa Bay Rays hot as he pitched a two hit shutout against the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon. The win keeps the Rays in first place, which they snatched Friday night.
On June 23, the Rays were in last place and six games out of first, but they are now 7-1 on their 10-game road trip to start the second half. They are 24-5 in their last 29 games to jump to first place.
Archer has won four of his last five starts. He has seven wins and this was his second shutout in his winning streak. In this start he retired the first nine batters, and Ichiro Suzuki reached only because of Evan Longoria’s error. The Yankees did not record a hit until the fifth inning by Lyle Overbay.
Despite having eight hits, the Rays only won 1-0. They did not score until the sixth inning when Kelly Johnson drove home Ben Zobrist with a single.