- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols was the only hitter in the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup who found Chris Archer’s pitches to his liking. One of them resulted in his 534th career home run, which tied Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the all-time list.

That was the only bright spot for the Angels on Tuesday night in their 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, which snapped a five-game winning streak. Archer set a franchise record with 15 strikeouts over eight innings, fanning AL MVP Mike Trout three times.

“He threw all his pitches for strikes,” said Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun, who fanned his first two times up against the 26-year-old right-hander. “That slider of his is obviously one of the better ones in the league, and he threw it in tough spots. That guy always goes out and competes. We had some opportunities but he was on his game.”

Archer (6-4) struck out the side on 12 pitches in the second inning. He fanned his first two in the third before Johnny Giavotella singled off the pitcher’s leg and continued to second when Jake Elmore - making his third career start at first base - dropped the throw from third baseman Evan Longoria on the ricochet. Archer overcame Elmore’s error by striking out Erick Aybar.

“He was exceptional. He’s definitely one of the best pitchers in the game,” Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said. “He throws a mid-90s fastball that can touch 97 and 98 on some of his good days, and his slider speaks for itself. Even his mistakes are really hard to hit.”

Archer matched the 15 strikeouts James Shields had on Oct. 2, 2012 in a complete-game 1-0 loss to Baltimore. He did not walk a batter, throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes and allowing six hits.

“I had no clue,” Archer said of his strikeout total. “I knew that I struck out quite a few people, but my focus was 60 feet, 6 inches away each individual pitch. I’m just happy I can go out there and give the team quality innings and save the bullpen a little bit.”

Archer won his third straight decision, becoming the first Ray with at least 12 strikeouts in consecutive outings. Last Wednesday, he pitched eight innings of two-hit ball in his duel with Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and wound up with a no-decision in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 loss.

Pujols drove a 1-1 pitch to left field in the fourth to pull even with Foxx - and he did it in his 8,134th big league at-bat, the exact same number that Foxx finished his career with. The three-time AL MVP is two homers shy of Mickey Mantle.

Pujols’ 1,118th extra-base hit moved him past Foxx and Ted Williams into sole possession of 16th place in that department and putting him within one of George Brett.

C.J. Wilson (3-4) gave up five runs, four hits and three walks in six innings and struck out seven. The left-hander, coming off a 12-2 win over Detroit last Thursday, hasn’t won consecutive starts since last September.

Logan Forsythe opened the scoring in the first, driving Wilson’s 1-0 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner with two outs after a single by Joey Butler.

“He hit it perfect. It was right on the corner and he lifted it just enough to get it out,” Wilson said. “After that, I was pretty much determined to not give up anything. Then as the game wore on, my stuff just started moving more and more. So I just started missing. I had a lot of those guys in advantage counts and I just couldn’t finish them off.”

The Rays did not get another hit after Forsythe’s homer until the sixth, when Elmore drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single after Wilson plunked Brandon Guyer to open the inning and issued a pair of two-out walks. Cabrera capped the rally with an RBI single that increased Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-1.

“C.J. settled in nicely after the home run,” Iannetta said. “He got a little tired that last inning, lost a little bit of his command and walked a couple of guys. On the walk to Forsythe, we had the base open and we figured we’d be careful with him. Then he walked another guy, got behind the next one and had to make a pitch to Elmore. And he capitalized.”

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Rays: Rookie RHP Nathan Karns (3-2) pitched six innings of one-hit ball last Friday at Baltimore and left with a 1-0 lead, but had to settle for a no-decision.

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (4-3) is 2-0 in his last five starts at home, allowing three earned runs in 31 innings.

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