- Associated Press - Sunday, June 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Despite his team’s recent struggles, Rays manager Joe Maddon believes they will turn it around soon.

“I really, truly, absolutely believe our offense is a lot better than this,” he said after the Boston Red Sox finished off a three-game sweep of the Rays with a 4-0 win on Sunday.

“We’ll be fine. We just have to be a more consistent offensive club.”

The Rays have lost a season-high six straight games. They’ve scored only five runs in their past four games.

And their starting pitchers are winless in their past 14 outings.

Maddon knows how quickly a team can turn it around.

The Rays swept a three-game series against the Red Sox last weekend, capping Boston’s 10-game losing streak.

The Red Sox then followed their longest skid in 20 years with their season-long, seven-game winning streak.

Tampa Bay is just as streaky.

The Rays have the worst record in the American League at 23-34 after losing four straight, winning four and dropping six in a row, but Maddon maintains his team has a resilient run in them, too.

“I honestly, totally, absolutely, firmly believe it’s going to happen,” he said. “I really believe that run’s there. It’s really pretty much rooted in one component of our game - we’re just not a consistent offensive team right now.”

Pitching has been a problem as well.

Erik Bedard (2-4) lasted 4 2-3 innings Sunday, allowing three runs and five hits, walking four and striking out four.

Tampa Bay starters are 0-7 with a 5.42 ERA in their past 14 games.

“Nothing really clicking together, I guess,” Bedard said. “If we pitch good, we don’t score runs. If we pitch bad, we score runs. It’s the way it is right now.”

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