by Alan Spector
Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, who came into Friday night's game against Boston with an August record of 2-0 and an ERA of 1.99, got roughed up early as the Rays lost, 8-4, at Tropicana Field.
Archer surrendered all eight runs in the first two innings as the Red Sox batted around in each inning and capped off the scoring with rookie Mookie Betts' first career grand slam.
"This game has a funny way of humbling you, and tonight was a very humbling experience," said Archer. "I'm disappointed in myself because I am capable of much, more than that."
Poor defense by the Rays did not help Archer, who made an error himself, and shortstop Yuniel Escobar made a wild double-play relay that would have ended the second inning long before Betts' grand slam.
The loss left Tampa Bay with a record of 65-70. The Rays are 13 games out of first place in the American League East and nine games out of the AL's second wild-card.
"We need to straighten this out rather quickly," said manager Joe Maddon. "This was not a good game tonight. We did not play well."
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