Archer goes distance as 1st-place Rays beat Yankees 1-0
Rookie RHP Chris Archer delivered another dazzling start Saturday as the first-place Rays beat the Yankees 1-0.
Archer worked his second complete game in his last three starts, allowing only two hits while stiking out five and not walking any. He didn't baserunner until 3B Evan Longoria made an error on a hard smash by Ichiro Suzuki in the fourth, and didn't allow a hit until Lyle Overbay singled with one out in the fifth. He threw 97 pitches, 67 for strikes.
The Rays didn't do much more at the plate, rapping seven hits but scoring only the one run in the sixth.
Ben Zobrist reached on a grounder that forced out James Loney, who had singled with one out. Zobrist stole second, and Matt Joyce walked behind him. Kelly Johnson, making a rare start with Luke Scott out, delivered a bloop single to center to score the run.
Archer, pitching with an extra day's rest as a result of Thursday's rainout, was dazzling in winning his fourth straight and sixth overall.
He became the third rookie in the last 30 years to beat the Yankees at home twice in the same season, joining Miguel Gonzalez, who did it last year for the Orioles, and Mike Butcher - the former Rays pitching coach - who did it for the Angels in 1982.
The Rays (62-42) are now 7-1 on their post-All-Star break road trip and have won 9 of their last 10, 17 of 19, 21 of 24, and 24 of 29 since they were in last place in the AL East, seven games off the pace.