The Tampa Bay Rays opened their weekend series with the San Francisco Giants on a sour note dropping the first game 4-1. The loss was the Rays second in a row marking their first consecutive losses since June 26 (Toronto) and June 28 (Detroit). The loss drops the Rays record to 64-45. The Rays remain only 1 game out of first place in the AL East as the Red Sox dropped their game to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a final score of 7-6.
Chris Archer was hoping to carry the success he had in July where he went 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA (37IP, 3ER) over 5 starts but found resistance in his first start in August allowing 4R/ER on 7 hits striking out 3 and walking 2.
The Rays handed him a 1-o lead but in the top of the 5th he allowed a solo homer to Brandon Belt to tie the game at 1-1. The game remained tied into the top of the 7th inning when the Giants began a rally with 2-outs and the bases empty. Hunter Pence got things going with an infield single, followed by a Brandon Belt RBI triple that put the Giants ahead 2-1. Brandon Crawford followed with a 2-run homer to push the lead to 4-1.
Madison Bumgarner has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball and carried the success he’s had over his last 9 starts (6-2, 1.89 ERA) into his start. He delivered 7 strong innings allowing 1R/ER on 7 hits while striking out 11 and walking 3.