ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie Chris Archer beat the New York Yankees for the third time, Evan Longoria hit one of four homers off Hiroki Kuroda and the Tampa Bay Rays topped their AL East rivals 7-2 on Friday night.
Jose Lobaton homered and drove in four runs in support of Archer (7-5), a 24-year-old right-hander who won twice earlier this season at Yankee Stadium, including a two-hit shutout on July 27. He gave up four hits over seven innings this time.
Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist also went deep for Tampa Bay, hitting solo shots off Kuroda (11-9), who tied a career high for homers allowed -- the first given up by the Yankees starter in nearly two months.
The loss stopped a five-game winning streak for New York, which had won 10 of 12 to climb back into the AL playoff race.
Archer, who also won in New York on June 23, yielded a run-scoring single to Alfonso Soriano in the first inning and Brett Gardner's triple and Robinson Cano's RBI grounder in the sixth. In three starts ...