Archer has strong start, Rays blank Astros 5-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Archer allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria homered on consecutive pitches, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-0 on Thursday night.

Archer (4-4) struck out eight and walked two to help the Rays win for the sixth time in the last 23 games.

Three Tampa Bay relievers completed a three-hitter, sending Houston to its fourth straight loss.

Kiermaier hit a two-run homer before Longoria had a solo drive off Paul Clemens in the seventh.

Collin McHugh (4-5) gave up two unearned runs and four hits over six innings on his 27th birthday.


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