Archer has strong start, Rays blank Astros 5-0

Archer has strong start, Rays blank Astros 5-0

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 19: Jon Singleton #28 of the Houston Astros strikes out swinging in front of catcher Ryan Hanigan #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a game on June 19, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 9:41 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- 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 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 gave up two unearned runs and four hits over six innings on his 27th birthday.

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