Rookie Alex Bregman homered and had three RBI to back seven solid innings by Dallas Keuchel and lead the Houston Astros over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday night.
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Lineup: Rays (54-73) at Astros (67-61)
- 1. Logan Forsythe, 2B (R)
- 2. Kevin Kiermaier, CF (L)
- 3. Evan Longoria, 3B (R)
- 4. Matt Duffy, SS (R))
- 5. Tim Beckham, 1B (R)
- 6. Mikie Mahtook, LF (R)
- 7. Steven Souza Jr., RF (R)
- 8. Corey Dickerson, DH (L)
- 9. Bobby Wilson, C (R)
- SP: Blake Snell, LHP Daily lineups
How does Archer rank in pitching tools?
Chris Archer's slider is among the best in baseball, but is it good enough for No. 1 in our rankings? Keith Law breaks it down. Ranking pitching tools (Insider)
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Once a top prospect, outfielder Desmond Jennings will be released by the Rays on Saturday, manager Kevin Cash said.
Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win Wednesday.
Evan Longoria sets another Rays record
Longoria hit his 30th homer of the year on Wednesday, giving him a franchise-record four seasons with at least 30 HRs, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Wednesday's longest home runs
Entering Wednesday, only two of Adonis Garcia's 10 home runs on the year eclipsed 400 feet. No. 11 passed that mark by a landslide. Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Upton round out the list.
With Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley nearing a return from injuries, the Rays might go to a six-man rotation.
David Ortiz hit his 30th home run in the first inning, but the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday night.
Is Kiermaier MLB's top defensive outfielder?
Over the last two seasons, Kevin Kiermaier has become a historically great defensive outfielder, Keith Law writes. Is he No. 1 with both the glove and the arm? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)
Chris Archer was stuck with the loss Tuesday, but his biggest struggle was putting on his sweatshirt after being removed.
Red Sox have owned Chris Archer
Archer won his first start against the Red Sox on Sept. 19, 2012, but he's 0-10 in 14 starts since then against Boston. That's the longest current losing streak by an active pitcher against one team and the longest losing streak for one pitcher against the Red Sox since Mike Moore (10 straight) from 1987 to '92, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Another L in the books for Chris Archer
Archer suffered his 17th loss of the season on Tuesday. He's the second pitcher in the last 40 years (Mike Maroth, 2003 Tigers) to rack up 17 losses before his team had played 125 games, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, David Ortiz had a run-scoring single and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night to remain tied atop the AL East.
Price settling in vs. former team
David Price had lost his first three starts as a visitor at Tropicana Field but picked up the win there Monday night, allowing just two hits over eight scoreless innings. He posted similar results in his last outing against the Rays this season (July 10).
David Price accomplishes surprising feat
Price, who racked up 82 wins during his seven seasons with Tampa Bay, is only the second former Rays pitcher to win two starts against them in one season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. He joins Jason Johnson, who did it for the Orioles in 2001.
David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Rays hold steady in Power Rankings
The Rays have been a winning team since the All-Star break, which goes a long way in assuring fans that they aren't tanking. The negative side, however, is that they are hurting their chances at a top-five draft pick. Week 20 Power Rankings
Logan Forsythe keeps flexing his muscles
Forsythe went deep, his third consecutive game with a long ball, as part of a five-run fourth inning for Tampa Bay on Sunday. He's the second player in Rays history to homer in three consecutive games while starting in the leadoff spot in the batting order, joining Gerald Williams (July 2000), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Logan Forsythe homered after missing four games due to back spasms, and the Tampa Bay Rays took two of three from the AL West-leading Texas Rangers with an 8-4 victory on Sunday.
Casali fits Rays' catching mold perfectly
Despite recently being optioned to the minors, Curt Casali's above-average defense across the board has saved Tampa Bay a handful of runs this season. Unfortunately, his weak bat has sabotaged some of his value behind the plate. Breakout defenders (Insider)
Miller racking up RBIs at prolific pace
Brad Miller hit a bases-clearing double in the Rays' win Saturday. Miller has been on an RBI tear lately, having driven in 20 runs over his last 15 games. In the last five seasons, the only other Rays player with that many RBIs over a 15-game span is Evan Longoria, who had 20 in 15 games earlier this year (May 28-June 14), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
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