WATCH: Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier Uses Full Extension for Ridiculous Home Run-Robbing Catch

Bryan Brandom
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Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer kept his team's playoff hopes alive by tossing six shutout innings in Monday night's 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

But had the first-time All-Star been playing with just about any other center fielder in the world, he would have surrendered at least one blemish to Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

Thankfully, the ace has Kevin Kiermaier on his side.

The win improved the team's record to 65-66, 3.5 games behind the Texas Rangers for the second wild card slot.

Of course, this sort of dream-shattering athleticism isn't anything new for the 25-year-old Kiermaier.

Not only can he go back on balls, he can charge forward with the best of them.

And has the arm to support his range.

Kiermaier hit .263/.315/.450 in his 108-game rookie campaign of 2014. This year he's following that up with some speed on the bases to go with his elite defense and competence at the plate, leading the majors in triples (12) and stealing successfully in 16 of 19 attempts.

 

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