BALTIMORE — The door is ajar.

Not, “Come on in, the party’s just getting started!” Not even, “Sure, what the heck, we’ve still got some time.” More like, “We’re throwing everyone out in a half-hour.”

But it’s ajar, undoubtedly. And for these Yankees, that constitutes progress.

Just as the Yankees took no pity on baseball’s worst team, the Orioles, the Red Sox’s long-awaited speed bump arrived. When the Yankees (83-47)finished off their sweep of the O’s on Sunday night, 5-3 in their final 2018 visit to Camden Yards, they pulled within six games — five games in the loss column — of the Red Sox (90-42), who suffered a 9-1 loss to the pesky Rays, concluding a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field.

The Bosox have now lost six of eight, during which time the Yankees have gone 6-1 to pick up 4 ¹/₂ games in the standings.

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