CHICAGO — Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays backed him with a season-high four homers while pounding Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 11-3 on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay Rays' Richie Shaffer pretends to be congratulated by teammates as they ignore him, after Shaffer got his first hit in the majors, a home run off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Daniel Webb, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Archer (10-8) allowed two runs and six hits for his first win since June 23, and the Rays matched their highest home run total since Sept. 7.
Logan Forsythe, Mikie Mahtook, Asdrubal Cabrera and Richie Shaffer all went deep. Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera each had three hits, and Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 against Chicago.
Forsythe hit a two-run drive in the first. Mahtook made it 3-1 when he connected leading off the fifth, and the Rays chased Sale (9-7) in a five-run sixth. They sent 10 batters to the plate in that inning and added two more runs in the seventh on back-to-back homers off Daniel Webb by Cabrera and Shaffer — the first major league hit for him.
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