by Steve Carney
Chris Archer put together another performance, but a pair of minor-league pitcher allowed five late runs, as Tampa Bay's three-game winning streak came to an end inside the Walt Disney World complex with a 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves Friday.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the top of the third inning as Jose Molina singled to start the frame, then stole second base, moved to third on a groundout by Cole Figueroa, and scored on an RBI single by Rey Olmedo.
Archer would take that lead into the fifth, but could not get through the inning with the lead, as Jason Heyward's two-out single scored Jordan Schafer with the tying run.
Joey Terdoslavich broke the tie an inning later, homering off Steve Geltz to make it 2-1.
Atlanta put the game out of reach in the eighth, as Sam Runion gave up a two-run single to Terdoslavich and a two-run homer to Ernesto Mejia to ice it.
The Rays will have their only split-squad games of the year Saturday, as half of the team, led by manager Joe Maddon, will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to Port Charlotte, while the other half, with bench coach Dave Martinez at the helm, will travel to Bradenton to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both games start at 1:05.