The Tampa Bay Rays tried to take the series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night, trying to follow up their series opening win. Chris Archer was on the hump for the Rays making his Major League Baseball debut and was knocked around early by the Nats, giving up three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Archer was able to settle down after that however, giving up no hits through his next five innings of work.
The Rays offense struggled against Nats ace Stephen Strasburg, as he fanned 10 rays batters through seven innings giving up six hits and just two runs. Outside of a Jose Molina home run and a Hideki Matsui RBI single, the Rays offense struggled to knock in base runners, dropping the second game of the series 3-2.