Archer solid for in Rays’ 3-2 loss to Blue Jays

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TORONTO (AP) - Chris Archer gave Tampa Bay a solid start, and in the end the Rays were beaten by a bad throw.

Pinch-runner Kevin Pillar scored the decisive run on a throwing error by pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, beating the Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

“It’s been pretty much how the season has gone to this point, but we’re going to change it,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “All these weird, awkward breaks, we’re just not catching them.”

Archer allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, walked two and struck out seven.

“I haven’t felt that good in a long time with my fastball,” he said.

The Rays fell to 16-3 in games in which Archer works at least six innings, dating to the start of last season.

“I want to go deeper and walk away with a team win, obviously,” Archer said, “but on a personal level I think I did pretty well.”

Dioner Navarro singled to begin the ninth and was replaced by Pillar. Oviedo fielded Anthony Gose’s bunt along the first base line and threw wildly to first, with the ball rolling into foul territory down the right field line. Pillar was waved home by third base coach Luis Rivera and slid home safely under the tag of catcher Ali Solis.

Aaron Loup (2-1) worked one inning for the win as Toronto won for the 14th time in 16 games.

“It’s a pretty exciting win all around for the team,” Gose said.

Oviedo (1-1) faced just two batters.

The Rays lost their third straight game following a season-best four-game winning streak. Tampa Bay hit four balls to the warning track but all of them ended up as outs, two of them on sensational catches by Gose and Melky Cabrera.

“We were smashing balls and they were playing outstanding defense,” Archer said.

The Blue Jays jumped on Archer with two runs in the first, loading the bases with two singles and a walk before Edwin Encarnacion singled to right. Archer escaped further damage by striking out Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie.

The Rays answered in the second when Matt Joyce doubled and Wil Myers followed with a line drive home run into the bullpen in left field.

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