ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Archer had no trouble ranking his first complete game in the major among his list of baseball accomplishments.
Archer, a Raleigh native who starred at Clayton High, pitched a five-hitter in his 13th big league start, pitching the Tampa Bay Rays past Houston 5-0 on Sunday.
“The best game I’ve ever pitched in my life,” Archer said.
Archer (4-3) struck out eight and walked none. He has nine starts this season after making his major league debut last year.
“The past couple games, I felt strong enough to continue to pitch deep into the ballgame, but really I’ve never pitched into the eighth inning before – minor league, major league, little league, whatever,” Archer said. “But they had faith in me to go deep. We scored enough runs so that there was no question. We played tremendous defense which saved me pitches, and I was able to execute.”
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays won for the 14th time in 16 games. Tampa Bay completed its most successful three-series homestand at 9-1, and went into the All-Star break in second place in the AL East.
Houston heads into the break with a 17-inning scoreless streak. The Astros have lost 12 of 15 and have the worst record in the majors at 33-61 during their first season in the American League.