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Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Marlins game

ST. PETERSBURG — Takeaways from the Rays' 6-4 walkoff win Sunday over the Marlins at Tropicana Field:

1. In six innings, Chris Archer had a season-high 13 strikeouts, but I wouldn't call his outing dominant. The Marlins scored four runs in the second inning largely because of Archer's inability to put hitters away once he got to two strikes.

2. I was interested to see how Archer would fare against the Marlins' left-handed hitters. Entering Sunday, lefties were hitting .293 against him. Derek Dietrich and Justin Bour combined to go 1-for-7 with five strikeouts. Maybe his changeup had something to do with it. He threw it 10 times, nine times for strikes.

3. I'm not sure what to make of Archer. Is he the Cy Young-caliber pitcher we watched in 2015? Or is he the pitcher we've watched the past two-plus seasons — very good but not great? I just don't feel like the Rays are a lock to win on days he pitches.

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