Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Chris Archer

June 28, 2016 - 4:44 am
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The struggling Red Sox will have Rick Porcello take the mound Tuesday against the Rays, who will send out 27-year-old right-hander Chris Archer. Porcello starts with an 8-2 record, a 3.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He is just 1-0 in his last six starts, despite throwing at least six innings in five of those outings. Most recently, the veteran righty let up four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-7 win Thursday over the White Sox. In 12 career games against the Rays, Porcello is 6-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He last faced Tampa Bay on April 20 of this season, when he allowed three runs on six hits and struck out a season-high nine in seven innings pitched in a 7-3 Red Sox win. Archer enters Tuesday's contest with a 4-10 record to go with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound hurler has the most losses in the the majors and is fourth in the AL in walks (39), yet ranks third in the AL in strikeouts (108). He's lost three consecutive starts, with his last outing coming in a 6-1 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. The North Carolina native surrendered four runs and six hits while fanning five and walking two in six innings pitched. He let up three runs in the first inning, as he continues to falter at the beginning of games. "We've got to start adjusting off that a little bit because we're putting ourselves in a little bit of a hole," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The way we're playing as a team right now, it's tough to come back from. There's no doubt about it." Archer has faced the Red Sox 12 times in his four-year career. He is 1-7 vs. Boston, and his 5.67 ERA when pitching to the Red Sox is his second most against any team. His last game against Boston was the same game Porcello started, a 7-3 Red Sox win on April 20. Archer gave up six runs on eight hits and tallied six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) David Ortiz (29 plate appearances): .379 AVG/.438 OBP/.690 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 14 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (23): .217/.345/.217, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (16): .375/.412/.438, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (13): .154/.267/.231, 1 double, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Mookie Betts (12): .250/.500/.750, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, 1 strikeout. Christian Vazquez (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (6): .333/.333/.333, 3 strikeouts Travis Shaw is 2-for-4 with 1 double, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Deven Marrero is 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts. Rays vs. Porcello (RHP) Evan Longoria (30 plate appearances): .200 AVG/.250 OBP/.267 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (20): .300/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Kevin Kiermaier (20): .250/.286/.300, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Steven Souza Jr. (15): .400/.400/.400, 4 strikeouts Logan Forsythe (14): .357/.438/.500, 1 triple, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Logan Morrison (10): .400/.400/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Hank Conger (10): .200/.200/.200, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Corey Dickerson (7): .286/.286/.857, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Nick Franklin (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts