FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — If there’s a secret to Boston’s success against Chris Archer, the Red Sox aren’t eager to share it.
David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza homered against Tampa Bay’s best pitcher on Sunday, keying a 5-3 victory that clinched a series win over the first-place Rays and stopped Archer’s career-best six-game winning streak.
The last-place Red Sox beat the right-hander for the second time this season. Archer dropped to 1-6 with a 5.48 ERA in nine career starts against Boston, compared to 28-18 with a 2.88 ERA in 69 appearances against all other opponents.
“He’s a great pitcher, but we have a bat in the hand,” Sandoval said. “If you make a mistake, we’re going to take advantage.”
Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Archer (9-5) in the fourth inning, the slugger’s 31st career homer at Tropicana Field —…
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