Archer avoids 20th loss, helps Rays top White Sox 5-3

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CHICAGO (AP) – Chris Archer overcame a shaky seventh inning to avoid becoming the majors’ first 20-game loser since 2003 and lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Chicago White Sox, 5-3 on Thursday night.

Archer (9-19) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings to help the Rays snap a six-game skid and leave Detroit’s Mike Maroth as the only pitcher to lose 20 games this century.

Mikie Mahtook hit a solo homer in the fourth off Jose Quintana (13-12) and doubled and scored in a three-run seventh off Chicago’s shaky bullpen.

Quintana allowed two runs and five hits over six innings for the White Sox, whose five-game winning streak ended despite Carlos Sanchez’s two-out, two-run homer in the seventh.

Chicago clinched its fourth consecutive losing season under manager Robin Ventura, whose future with the team is uncertain.

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