Archer ends his 2016 with win over White Sox

Archer ends his 2016 with win over White Sox

CHICAGO -- Chris Archer entered and exited Thursday night's series finale against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field with the same 19 losses, as the Rays salvaged the final of four games in Chicago with a 5-3 victory to stop a six-game losing streak.

"Nice win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Another long day at the ballpark. Good to get away from here. It's been tough the last couple of days, for sure. I thought Archer was outstanding. Really threw the ball well."

Archer passed 200 innings for the season by throwing 6 2/3 innings, but lost a sub-4.00 ERA after walking Alex Avila with two outs in the seventh and then yielding Carlos Sanchez's line drive two-run homer. The defeat ended any chance for the White Sox to finish over .500, giving them 82 losses, meaning they have finished the last four seasons under .500.

Sanchez's two-run dinger

Jose Quintana made his final start of the 2016 season and reached a couple of personal milestones. The southpaw tossed six innings and struck out seven, giving him 208 innings and 181 strikeouts. Both stand as career bests, as does his 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and .246 opponents average.

"A very consistent year," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's elevated himself into that elite status with a lot of guys in the league. He's just consistent. Everything he's been through, a lack of run support, but he still continues to go out with the same attitude and humility, all that stuff that goes with it. But he's just a hard worker and he's elevated himself."

"I'm happy with my year," Quintana said. "I got more innings, a better ERA, a couple other stats better than last year. But every time I say it's not about me. It's about the team. We'll try to finish strong in the next series against the Twins and come back next year to have a better year than this one."

Kevin Kiermaier knocked out three hits for the Rays. Mikie Mahtook, Alexei Ramirez and Curt Casali had two apiece, with Mahtook homering in the fourth as well as doubling and scoring twice.

Casali's RBI single to left

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Mahtook coming on: Mahtook's solo home run in the fourth off Quintana put the Rays up 2-0. Since enduring an 0-for-34 skid in August, Mahtook has hit .298 with three home runs and five RBIs in his last 22 games. The second-year outfielder's race to the finish line brings to mind last September when he was the Rays' best offensive player for the last month of the season, hitting .356 with five home runs in his final 23 at-bats.

Mahtook's solo homer

Two-hit Tim: With a leadoff single in the ninth, Tim Anderson registered his 32nd multi-hit game in 96 played. Anderson tripled in the sixth and scored on Melky Cabrera's groundout. Anderson's 111 hits rank third in the American League among rookies, trailing the Rangers' Nomar Mazara and Cheslor Cuthbert of the Royals. Anderson has a .307 average and 31 runs scored over 49 games played at home this season.

Anderson's one-out triple

200 times two: When Adam Eaton grounded out to first baseman Brad Miller leading off the White Sox sixth, Archer reached 5 1/3 innings pitched, giving him his second consecutive 200-inning season. James Shields, David Price, and Matt Garza are the only other Rays pitchers to put together back-to-back 200-inning seasons. More >

Third is the word: It took Todd Frazier five innings to record four standout plays defensively, producing five outs. His best work came to end the fifth, when he made a bare-hand play and throw off of Bobby Wilson's slow roller and then made a backhand stab and throw on Logan Forsythe's hard-hit grounder.

Frazier's quick reflexes

QUOTABLE
"I don't have control about that. I don't know nothing about trades. I'm here as a Chicago White Sox, and I want to be here for a long time." -- Quintana, on his future with the White Sox

"He has never pointed a finger. He's continued to come out with the same attitude all the time. He works very hard and he's consistent, and that's the stuff, inside the clubhouse, he's an admired person." -- Ventura, on Quintana

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Ramirez's RBI single in the second put the Rays up 1-0. Prior to taking that lead, the Rays had not led in a game for 41 consecutive innings.

UNDER REVIEW
Eaton picked up his 14th stolen base of the season, moving him within one of the team lead, thanks to a first-inning manager's challenge by Ventura. Eaton originally was ruled out on the steal attempt, though, before video replay overturned the call.

Eaton swipes second base

WHAT'S NEXT
Rays: Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.34 ERA) enters his final start of the 2016 season on a roll after going 2-0 in his last three starts. He will be making his third career appearance at Globe Life Park in Arlington. He faced the Rangers once this season, on Aug. 19 at Tropicana Field when he took the loss after allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

White Sox: Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08) is scheduled to make his 28th and final start of 2016 in Friday's series opener against the Twins, with a first pitch of 7:10 p.m. CT. It also will be Rodon's 15th start at home. Rodon is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings over his last 10 starts (eight quality).

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.