Friday May 25, 2012 | 05:23 AM

Losses for the two Boston pitching prospects on the mound Wednesday, but with different results for Stolmy Pimentel and Matt Barnes.

Portland’s Pimentel (4.44) lasted only 3 innings (plus 2 batters): 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K (72 pitches/36 strikes) … He left with two runners on in the fourth inning and they both scored.

Reynaldo Rodriguez (.256) paced the Sea Dogs, going 3-for-4, with his team-leading 10th home (his 9th in May, which is a franchise record). He also had an RBI double.

Barnes (1.13) made his third start for Salem: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. (64 pitches/46 strikes). Two back-to-back doubles in the sixth accounted for the only run of the game.

Jackie Bradley (.366) singled and was hit by a pitch (.495 OBP).

In Triple-A, Ryan Lavarnway (.271) went 2-for-3 with a double … Nate Spears (.235) hit his second home run … Mark Melancon (0.56) got his seventh save: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

Greenville’s Madison Younginer (5.85) went 5 1/3 innings: 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Younginer, 21, drafted out of high school in 2009 ($975,000 bonus) pitched in Lowell the past two years.

The Red Sox return to Fenway tonight. Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95) goes against Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57).

In Portland, the Sea Dogs play a 7 p.m. game at Hadlock Field. Chris Balcom-Miller (2-4, 5.45) goes against New Britain’s Andrew Albers (1-1, 4.31).

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