Saturday showed how a single mistake could change around the prospects of a game.
Chris Archer's fielding error in the third inning led to five unearned runs, helping the Houston Astros end the Rays two-game winning streak with a 7-3 decision at Minute Maid Park.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Kevin Kiermaier lined a double down the right-field line with one out off Jarred Cosart, then scored on a base hit by Longoria that George Springer could not field cleanly.
Archer faced the minimum through the first two innings, but started the third by giving up a one-out double to Marwin Gonzalez. Jonathan Villar lined out to Ben Zobrist for the second out, and it appeared that Archer was going to get out of the inning with no damage when Dexter Fowler grounded to James Loney, but Archer could not handle Loney's throw and Gonzalez scored to tie the game.
Archer then hit George Springer with a pitch, walked Jon Singleton to load the bases, and walked Jason Castro to give Houston the lead.
Matt Dominguez then cleared the bases with a double to start the rout and make it a 5-1 game.
Archer (3-4) was able to get out of the third, but left after walking Gonzalez to lead off the fourth. Cesar Ramos then gave up a hit to Villar, and Fowler brought in both runners for a 7-1 lead.
Longoria's two-run homer in the fifth off Cosart brought Tampa Bay back to within 7-3, but Tampa Bay could get no closer, as the Houston righthander worked through seven complete frames.
Tampa Bay can still take the series with a victory in Sunday's finale, as David Price (4-6, 3.97 ERA) takes on Brad Peacock (2-4, 4.50 ERA). Coverage begins at noon with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch, with first pitch scheduled for 2:10.