Archer Finishes Stellar Spring But Rays Lose Again

FORT MYERS (620 WDAE) -- Chris Archer capped off his strong spring with three innings of one-hit baseball, but a solo homer by Byung-Ho Park would be all the offense for either side, as the Tampa Bay Rays saw their winless streak reach eight stright spring games with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins.

For Tampa Bay's Opening Day Starter, he gave up a two-out double to Byron Buxton in the first, and the only other baserunner he allowed was on a walk to John Ryan Murphy in the third.  Archer strick out four Twins batters and finished the spring with just three earned runs allowed in 22 1/3 innings pitched for an ERA of 1.21.

Danny Farquhar worked a scoreless fourth and Chase Whitley put up zeroes in the fifth and sixth, but Park jumped on a 1-1 pitch from Pruitt and with the help of the wind blowing out to right, was able to sent it into the bleachers in right-center, his fifth home run of the spring.  

Minnesota then went to its setup reliever Matt Belisle and close Brandon Kintzler to finish off the game.

Tampa Bay, like Minnesota, was held to just five hits, with Daniel Robertson and Logan Morrison combining for four of the five.  New Rays catcher Derek Norris had the fifth hit.

With the loss, the Rays (11-16-2) will finish the Grapefruit League with a losing record.

Tampa Bay will play their penultimate Grapefruit League home game Wednesday, when the Baltimore Orioles come to Charlotte Sports Park.  Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start the game, taking on Kevin Gausman.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

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