DENVER – Chris Archer struck out 11 over six innings for his first win since June 6, Tim Beckham had a career-high five hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Colorado Rockies 11-3 on Wednesday.
Evan Longoria kept up his hot hitting with two doubles as the Rays took two of three to capture their first road series since June 6-8 at Arizona. Longoria turned in a big series with two doubles, two triples, a homer and five RBIs.
Archer (5-13) allowed two runs and four hits to halt a slide in which he had lost six of seven starts.
Jorge De La Rosa (6-7) lasted only four innings and gave up nine runs, seven of them earned. He usually fares well at Coors Field – with a better home ERA (4.27) than on the road (4.38) since joining Colorado.
Tampa Bay trailed 2-1 before breaking open the game with three runs in third and five more in the fourth.
Former Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson had three hits, including a triple, to increase his career average in this park to .360. He was traded to the Rays last January for reliever Jake McGee.
With two doubles Wednesday, Longoria has 50 extra base hits this season. Only one other Tampa Bay player, Aubrey Huff in 2003, had that many through 94 games.
Longoria is playing well as the Aug. 1 deadline approaches for trades without waivers. Rays manager Kevin Cash said he can’t imagine a lineup without Longoria.
“They are rumors, and at this time you just hope they stay that way,” Cash said before the game.
Archer allowed two runs in the second but quickly settled into a groove. He struck out the side in the fourth and the sixth – his last pitch a 96 mph fastball that Mark Reynolds couldn’t hit.
Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday. … OF Kevin Kiermaier got the day off.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss is playfully campaigning for his man: Gerardo Parra.
Weiss wore a “Parra for President” T-shirt before the game. The shirts were created as a joke before the season and Parra’s teammates constantly wear them.
More pressing than getting Parra into the White House is getting him back on the field. The outfielder is on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
THIS & THAT
Rockies hitting coach Blake Doyle was throw out early in the game for something he said from the dugout to home plate umpire Paul Emmel concerning the strike zone. … The Rockies tied a season high by striking out 15 times. … Every position player in the Rays lineup had a hit except Casali. … There was review over a tag at home plate in the second inning that lasted 6 minutes, 28 seconds, and had players just standing around. Archer threw warmup pitches.
Rays: Lefty Matt Moore (5-7) starts a four-game series Thursday in Oakland. He’s gone at least six innings in eight straight starts.
Rockies: Righty Chad Bettis (7-6) makes his 20th start of the season when Colorado opens a four-game series against Atlanta.