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Rays ace Archer sharp despite loss (w/ video)

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Chris Archer pitched inside with his fastball. He threw his slider for strikes when he was behind in the count. He pitched into the eighth inning for only the second time this season. He did not walk a batter.

Archer did everything he could Saturday to get a win, but he didn't because he allowed a two-out home run in the seventh inning that tied the score. That enabled the Astros to come back for a 4-3 win against the bullpen.

"It was a really, really good start, and a great sign at that," manager Kevin Cash said.

It was a bittersweet day for Archer.

"My No. 1 goal is the day that I pitch is to get a team win, so yeah, I threw the ball well, but not quite well enough," he said. "Got to love the effort. Got to love the way we went about things. They were just able to squeak that one out."

Archer retired the first nine batters he faced but twice gave up leads. Afterward he did not want to talk about his performance.

Cash, though, did.

"You saw bits and pieces of his stuff coming at different times (this season)," Cash said. "It seemed like he really meshed everything together to give us an outstanding start."

ALMOST A COMEBACK: SS Brad Miller and 3B Evan Longoria both homered. RF Steven Souza Jr. drove in the third run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Astros closer Will Harris, who went in with a 26-game scoreless streak.

The Rays left the tying run at third base when CF Desmond Jennings grounded into a game-ending double play.

"Love the way the guys competed all the way to the end," Cash said. "It showed a lot about the club, going in against that guy (Harris) and forcing the issue like we did. Not enough too late, I guess."

DRAFT NOTES: The Rays used their 12th-round pick on USF junior RHP Brandon Lawson.

"Being drafted by the Rays is a dream come true for me," Lawson, a Missouri native, said. "I've been a Rays fan ever since I moved here and like everything their organization is about. I am very fortunate for this opportunity."

In the 13th round, the Rays took Mississippi State 1B Nathaniel Lowe, brother of Josh Lowe, the team's first-round pick.

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Brad Boxberger (left oblique) said his side is improving, but he has not been cleared to begin any strengthening exercises. That makes it too early to attach a timeline for Boxberger's return.

"Not right now," he said. "It's still kind of in that healing process. I got it pretty good, apparently. It's just a matter of taking it day by day to see how each day how it feels, but it's progressing better each day, so it's going in the right direction."

CF Kevin Kiermaier (left hand fracture) said he is able to make a fist with the injured hand. He has been tracking pitches when Rays pitchers throw their bullpens and has taken dry swings with his right hand. On Friday, Kiermaier started shagging fly balls during BP while wearing his glove on his right hand.

NOTEWORTHY: The Astros scored more than three runs against the Rays for the first time in 14 games. … Souza did not strike out for the first time in 19 games. … DH Steve Pearce had three hits for the second straight game and third time this season.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

2016 Rays draft selections

Rd. Player Pos. School

1 Joshua Lowe 3B Pope (Ga.) HS

2 Ryan Boldt OF Univ. of Nebraska

B Jake Fraley OF Louisiana State Univ.

3 Austin Franklin RHP Paxton (Fla.)

4 Easton McGee RHP Hopkinsville (Ky.)

5 Mikey York RHP Coll. of Southern Nevada

6 Zack Trageton RHP Faith Lutheran (Nev.)

7 J.D. Busfield RHP Loyola Marymount Univ.

8 Kenny Rosenberg LHP Cal State Northridge

9 Peter Bayer RHP Cal Poly Pomona

10 Spencer Jones RHP Univ. of Washington

11 Zach Thompson LHP Wapahani (Ind.)

12 Brandon Lawson RHP Univ. of South Florida

13 Nathaniel Lowe 1B Mississippi State Univ.

14 Miles Mastrobuoni 2B Univ. of Nevada, Reno

15 Dalton Moats LHP Delta State Univ.

16 Dominic Miroglio C Univ. of San Francisco

17 Wyatt Mills RHP Gonzaga Univ.

18 Sam Long LHP Sacramento State Univ.

19 James Haley 3B Penn State Univ.

20 Kevin Santiago SS Miami Dade CC South

21 John McMillon 3B Jasper (Texas)

22 Freddy Villarreal RHP Veterans Memorial (Texas)

23 Isaac Benard OF Mount Hood (Ore.) CC

24 Joe Serrapica RHP Fordham Univ.

25 Matthew Vogel RHP Univ. of South Carolina

26 Justin Glover LHP Buford (Ga.)

27 Robbie Tenerowicz 2B Univ. of California

28 Jean Ramirez C Illinois State Univ.

29 Trek Stemp 2B Washington State Univ.

30 Kea'von Edwards SS Putnam City (Okla.)

31 Joey Roach C Georgia State Univ.

32 Deion Tansel SS Univ. of Toledo

33 Hayden Wesneski RHP Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas)

34 Bobby Melley 1B Univ. of Connecticut

35 Alex Estrella LHP Univ. of New Mexico

36 Anthony Parente RHP Fullerton Coll. (Calif.)

37 Ryan Zeferjahn RHP Seaman (Kan.)

38 Brian McAfee RHP Duke Univ.

39 Joshua Martinez OF Caguas Military Acad. (P.R.)

40 Andrew Daschbach 1B Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.)

2016 Rays draft selections

Rd. Player Pos. School

1 Joshua Lowe 3B Pope (Ga.) HS

2 Ryan Boldt OF Univ. of Nebraska

B Jake Fraley OF Louisiana State Univ.

3 Austin Franklin RHP Paxton (Fla.)

4 Easton McGee RHP Hopkinsville (Ky.)

5 Mikey York RHP Coll. of Southern Nevada

6 Zack Trageton RHP Faith Lutheran (Nev.)

7 J.D. Busfield RHP Loyola Marymount Univ.

8 Kenny Rosenberg LHP Cal State Northridge

9 Peter Bayer RHP Cal Poly Pomona

10 Spencer Jones RHP Univ. of Washington

11 Zach Thompson LHP Wapahani (Ind.)

12 Brandon Lawson RHP Univ. of South Florida

13 Nathaniel Lowe 1B Mississippi State Univ.

14 Miles Mastrobuoni 2B Univ. of Nevada, Reno

15 Dalton Moats LHP Delta State Univ.

16 Dominic Miroglio C Univ. of San Francisco

17 Wyatt Mills RHP Gonzaga Univ.

18 Sam Long LHP Sacramento State Univ.

19 James Haley 3B Penn State Univ.

20 Kevin Santiago SS Miami Dade CC South

21 John McMillon 3B Jasper (Texas)

22 Freddy Villarreal RHP Veterans Memorial (Texas)

23 Isaac Benard OF Mount Hood (Ore.) CC

24 Joe Serrapica RHP Fordham Univ.

25 Matthew Vogel RHP Univ. of South Carolina

26 Justin Glover LHP Buford (Ga.)

27 Robbie Tenerowicz 2B Univ. of California

28 Jean Ramirez C Illinois State Univ.

29 Trek Stemp 2B Washington State Univ.

30 Kea'von Edwards SS Putnam City (Okla.)

31 Joey Roach C Georgia State Univ.

32 Deion Tansel SS Univ. of Toledo

33 Hayden Wesneski RHP Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas)

34 Bobby Melley 1B Univ. of Connecticut

35 Alex Estrella LHP Univ. of New Mexico

36 Anthony Parente RHP Fullerton Coll. (Calif.)

37 Ryan Zeferjahn RHP Seaman (Kan.)

38 Brian McAfee RHP Duke Univ.

39 Joshua Martinez OF Caguas Military Acad. (P.R.)

40 Andrew Daschbach 1B Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.)

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