Archer shines in Rays' final tuneup vs. Montgomery

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Chris Archer pitched four scoreless innings and 21-year-old prospect Justin O'Conner hit three doubles in the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-5 loss to their Double-A Montgomery affiliate Saturday.

Archer completed a strong spring with six strikeouts and no walks in the Rays' final tuneup before Monday's season opener against Toronto.

"I just felt like I was in a good place not only with my mind, but my body was working extremely well on top of that," Archer said.

Luke Maile scored on Richie Schaffer's sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Biscuits the go-ahead run. All the runs came off relievers from Montgomery's roster after the Rays built a 5-0 lead.

The Biscuits scored four times in the sixth, including Jeff Malm's two-run homer. They tied the game with Taylor Motter's solo shot in the seventh.

The Rays scored twice in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk and Evan Longoria's RBI single.

Michael Colla allowed one run in four innings of relief to get the win for the Biscuits.

O'Conner, who turns 22 on Monday, scored twice and threw out a pair of runners trying to steal second.

Some of the Rays remained home for a workout at Tropicana Field.

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Archer allowed only a single in each of the first three innings, but none of the runners advanced any further.

He had allowed one earned run in 10 innings over four starts against major league teams. He was scheduled to start Monday's game with the Twins, which was rained out.

Manager Joe Maddon agreed with the hard-throwing Archer's assessment of his pitching performance.

"I actually felt really good about his changeup by the time he left the game, which was kind of neat," Maddon said. "He was really, really good."

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