The Boston Red Sox swept the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the first half of the season with a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

 

Boston had its offense rolling once again as the team scored three runs in the first inning, topped off by a two-run blast from David Ortiz.  The Sox would add another run in the second inning off the bat of Mookie Betts to give Boston the 4-0 lead.

David Price would have one of his best outings of 2016 as he went eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a walk.  He earned his ninth win of the season and had 10 strikeouts.  Brad Ziegler got his first action with the Boston Red Sox and pitched a perfect ninth with two Ks.

Boston finishes the unofficial first half of the season with a 49-38 record and a 7-2 homestand.  The Sox are still tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for second place in the AL East, two games back of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Sox will get back into action on Friday to start a three game series with the New York Yankees.