Phillies Win 6th Straight, Beat Rays 10-4

Tampa Bay Rays Archer

Tampa Bay Rays Archer

In his last 21.2 innings of the 2017 season, he allowed 18 earned runs with 31 hits, which is pretty disappointing for a pitcher of Archer's caliber.

Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Phillies won their sixth in a row, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday. "It's tough to really evaluate and say something isn't working when right now, nothing is working".

Archer, however, has already allowed 18 earned runs in just 20 2/3 innings pitched, including seven in Saturday's 9-4 loss against the Phillies.

"The one thing I pride myself in is at least giving the team length, regardless of the results, and I didn't do that", Archer said. He's never faced the Rays, and he's had only two interleague outings in his career, facing Oakland and Boston as a rookie previous year and getting a 4.50 ERA between the two.

Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge.

"Even if he didn't get the big hit, the play in right field was tremendous", Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Rays OF Denard Span felt "a little achy", according to manager Kevin Cash and was out of the lineup. "The read, the break, the laying out and the positioning were all spot on".

Archer's six-year, $25.5 million contract comes to an end in 2019, but the Rays have two option years attached at the end as well, so he will be an attractive commodity based on that alone.

Span hit a leadoff homer during a two-run first and walked with the bases loaded in the eighth.

There are only three teams left in the majors that Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer hasn't faced, and he gets a crack at one of them Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies making a rare stop at Tropicana Field. "There's a chance he's going to miss a chunk".

"I don't think the odds are in my favor, to be quite honest", Kiermaier said.

Philadelphia starter Ben Lively gave up seven hits and three runs in four innings, striking out five without a walk.

Trying to avoid a season sweep and turning to rookie left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who makes his first career start after three outings, two in extended work as a long reliever.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (strained right lat) has resumed throwing off a mound and could be back next month.

Rays: Cash said RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) may return in late May. 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment this week.