BOSTON – The Red Sox were thoroughly out-played by the Tampa Bay Rays again Sunday afternoon, falling 6-1 and dropping three-out-of-four in the weekend series.
The Sox now trail the Rays by seven games in the American League East.
Rays first baseman Brandon Lowe had a big day, hitting two home runs and driving in three. Guillermo Heredia and Yandy Diaz also hit home runs for Tampa.
The Rays put up 14 hits on the afternoon.
Reigning American League Cy Young award-winner Blake Snell stymied Red Sox hitters over six innings of work, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out seven and issued one walk.
The Red Sox left nine men on base and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Boston mustered just nine runs in the four game series, with five of those coming in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Eduardo Rodriguez was tagged for four runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched. The lefty gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out seven.
Marcus Walden was hit hard in relief, giving up two runs on three hits while recording just one out in the seventh inning.
The Red Sox are now 4-5 against the Rays in 2019 and do not have a winning record against a team over .500.
The Sox open up a series with the Texas Rangers Monday night. Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84 ERA) will oppose Mike Minor (5-4, 2.55 ERA).