Angels struggle to connect with Chris Archer in 6-1 loss

Chris Archer fans 15 as Tampa Bay Rays beat Angels, 6-1

KEY MOMENT: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer took the mound with a 2-0 lead – on a two-run home run from Logan Forsythe – and that was pretty much the game. Archer gave up a leadoff single, then struck out six of the next seven batters. He worked eight innings, giving up six hits and no walks – and his 15 strikeouts tied the club record set by James Shields. Archer lowered his earned-run average to 2.01 – third in the American League – and became the first Tampa Bay pitcher ever to strike out at least 12 in consecutive outings. Archer passed Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians for the major league strikeout lead.

AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols homered for the Angels' only run. For Pujols, that was six home runs in six days, 14 for the season and 534 for his career, tied with Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time list. … Erick Aybar singled and doubled, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson (3-4) gave up three walks, four hits and five runs in six innings. He has made 11 starts this season but has yet to win consecutive starts. … Left-hander Edgar Ibarra made his major league debut and worked two hitless innings, striking out two. Ibarra, 26, had made 270 minor league appearances over 10 seasons.

EXTRA BASES: The Angels gave out Kole Calhoun visors, with a thatch of red hair attached to the top of a visor in honor of the red-headed right field. Scioscia, asked what the chance was of him wearing the visor on beach this summer: "The same exact percentage chance of me being on the beach."

UP NEXT: Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.18) faces the Rays' Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.32) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium. TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: 830, 1330.

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