Struggling Rays look to break 3-game slide
St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.
The Rays are 4-4 against opponents from the AL East. Tampa Bay has a team on-base percentage of .342, good for third in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with a mark of .407.
The Red Sox are 5-10 on the road. The Boston pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.86. The Red Sox won the last meeting 6-5. Matt Barnes earned his second victory and Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs for Boston. Jose Alvarado registered his first loss for Tampa Bay.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with six home runs and is slugging .616. Meadows is 18-for-40 with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .297 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored opponents by 24 runs
Red Sox: 5-5, .227 batting average, 5.42 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: 10-day IL (toe), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (hamstring), Matt Duffy: 10-day IL (back), Ji-Man Choi: day-to-day (calf).
Red Sox Injuries: Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Nathan Eovaldi: 10-day IL (right elbow), Dustin Pedroia: 10-day IL (knee), Eduardo Nunez: 10-day IL (back), Mitch Moreland: day-to-day (back), Brock Holt: 10-day IL (eye), Marco Hernandez: 10-day IL (shoulder).