The Boston Red Sox's lead is down to 6.5 games after getting swept for the 1st time all season long, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon 9-1. The Boston Red Sox managed just 3 hits Sunday.

Nathan Eovaldi had another rough start for Boston, going 4 innings and allowing 6 runs on 8 hits. He struck out 5. The relievers were no better. Heath Hembree allowed 1 run in 1 inning and Matt Barnes gave up 2 runs in 1 inning.

Mookie Betts, Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr had Boston's lone hits. Betts had a a double.

The New York Yankees were playing the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night and a win would put them 6 games back behind the Red Sox, while a loss will put them 7 games back.

The Red Sox have a much needed day off on Monday, and then begin a 2 game series on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins at Fenway Park. Brian Johnson will pitch for the Red Sox on Tuesday with the pregame starting at 6:25 and 1st pitch at 7:10 on AM 1370 WDEA.