Wade Miley

Friday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chris Archer

September 11, 2015 - 11:21 am
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In the opener of a weekend series in St. Petersburg, Fla. -- and a nine-game road trip for the Red Sox -- lefty Wade Miley goes up against Rays ace Chris Archer. Miley (11-10, 4.43 ERA) will look to continue the success from his dominant performance on Saturday, when he pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs on five hits to pick up his 11th win of the year in the Red Sox' 9-2 victory over the Phillies. "He was just on the attack from the first inning on," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "A little bit of a hiccup after we had the eight-run inning. There was a little bit of a pause there. But all in all, that was the only time he got nicked up. He was in control of all of his innings, pitch count-wise. A complete effort by him." Miley has done a solid job against the Rays this year, standing at 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 1.93. His win came against Archer on April 21. Overall against Tampa Bay, Miley is 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA in five starts. He's 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in three games at the Tropicana Dome. For the Rays, Archer (12-11, 2.88 ERA) will look to bounce back from his last start Sunday against the Yankees, when he was roughed up for five runs (four earned) and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. After a strong first half Archer has struggled since the All-Star break, going 3-5 in 10 starts. "I didn't execute in the biggest moment of the game," Archer said after Sunday's loss. "That's the danger of them having power one through seven in their lineup. Am I disappointed? Of course. We need to win every single game." Archer -- who has lost his last four games against the Red Sox -- and the Rays do need to win every game they can, as they stand five games back of the Rangers for the second AL wild card spot. The surging Red Sox, meanwhile, have closed to within two games of Tampa -- and one game of the Orioles -- as they look to move out of the AL East cellar. Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (25 plate appearances): .158 AVG/.280 OBP/.158 SLG, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts David Ortiz (23): .350/.435/.650, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Brock Holt (14): .214/.214/.286, 1 double, 4 strikeouts Mookie Betts (9): .250/.333/.625, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk Jackie Bradley Jr. (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (9): .250/.222/.625, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (8): .286/.375/.429, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. Deven Marrero is 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Blake Swihart is 0-for-2 with a strikeout. No other Red Sox have faced Archer. Rays vs. Miley (LHP) Logan Forsythe (18 plate appearances): .267 AVG/.333 OBP/.533 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (15): .154/.267/.462, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Asdrubal Cabrera (12): .250/.250/.417, 1 triple, 3 strikeouts Rene Rivera (12): .417/.417/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Brandon Guyer (9): .333/.556/.833, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout James Loney (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 1 RBI Joey Butler (6): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Kevin Kiermaier (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 strikeout Mikie Mahtook (3): .000/.000/.000 Grady Sizemore (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double Tim Beckham is 0-for-1 with a walk. J.P. Arencibia is 0-for-1 with a strikeout. No other Rays have faced Miley.