PHOENIX -- Chris Archer had the perfect built-in excuse to explain his bad performance. However, he wouldn’t use it, mainly because it wouldn't hold water anyway.
The right-hander came off the injured list before Wednesday’s game, had a shaky first inning then was chased in the fourth. It was his first start since April 26, missing three weeks with an inflamed thumb on his pitching hand.
Archer refused to say rustiness had any effect after he was tagged for seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings of an 11-1 drubbing by the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Pirates dropped two of three in the series and saw their record fall to 21-19 through the first quarter of the season.