Archer strikes out 10; Rays shuout Orioles 2-0

Posted at 12:39 AM, Apr 26, 2016

Chris Archer is best known for his fastball and slider.

On Monday night, Archer's changeup helped him end a long personal struggle.

Archer struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings to end a 10-start winless streak, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0.

"It's been a good pitch for me for at least the past calendar year but I just never used it," Archer said. "In the bullpen it was feeling good. Got positive results. Now it's a legit weapon."

Archer allowed six runs and 10 hits, including four homers, over five innings in a loss at Baltimore on April 8.

"Baseball presents challenges like that all the time," Archer said. "I faced these guys and it was a completely different outcome. That's why baseball is such a beautiful game. Anything can happen on any night, and that's why you don't dwell on what happened yesterday. Just look forward and trust you're going to have positive results."

Archer (1-4) allowed five hits to get his first win since beating the Orioles on Aug. 31. The Rays opening day starter was 0-7 during the winless stretch.

Archer also ended a 10-start winless run at home, which included six losses, dating to a June 23 victory over Toronto.

Curt Casali caught Archer for the first time this season and also drove in both runs.

"Frankly, I didn't think it was going to be as dominate as it was," Casali said of Archer's changeup. "That's a great tool for him."

Gausman (0-1) returned from the disabled list and struck out seven while pitching one-run ball through five innings. The right-hander missed the start of the season with a right shoulder strain.

"Honestly, it felt like I hadn't pitched in years," Gausman said. "At times I had to step off the mound and refocus and try to tell myself to calm down."

Alex Colome got the final out for his fourth save to complete the five-hitter.

Steven Souza Jr. drew a walk and later scored from first to make it 1-0 on Casali's two-out double in the fifth. It was Casali's third hit in 27 at-bats.

After Gausman hit Logan Forsythe with a pitch and walked Steve Pearce to load the bases, the right-hander got a flyball from Evan Longoria that ended the fifth.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the sixth when Vance Worley, who replaced Brian Matusz with the bases loaded and two outs, hit Casali with a pitch. Worley avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending grounder from Forsythe.

Enny Romero, Erasmo Ramirez and Xavier Cedeno combined to get the ball to Colome.

Pedro Alvarez doubled twice off Archer but was stranded both times.


Orioles: Utility man Jimmy Paredes (left wrist) worked out with the team and is set to start a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday. ... CF Adam Jones took a long walk around the batter's box after a swinging strike in the ninth. He later grounded out. "I saw some of the same things you did," manager Buck Showalter. "Is it frustration or is it something else? I don't know."

Rays: RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) will throw 25 fastballs off a mound Tuesday.


Orioles RF Mark Trumbo extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the second. ... Baltimore 3B Manny Machado, who had a season-opening 16-game hitting streak end Sunday, went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last nine at-bats.


To make room on the roster for Gausman, INF Ryan Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. "There's a lot of factors," Showalter said. "Nothing that Ryan didn't do. It's kind of where we are with the pitching. Want to keep some length." ... Baltimore claimed RHP David Hale off waivers from Colorado and optioned him to Norfolk.


Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) will go against Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-1) on Tuesday night. Odorizzi has a 2.56 ERA in home games since the start of the 2014 season and allowed one earned run or fewer in 19 of 32 starts over the stretch.