Thursday June 13, 2013 | 04:52 AM

Daniel Nava’s two-run home run was the difference Wednesday night (that and Alfredo Aceves’ pitching), in Boston’s 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Nava continues to surprise. He leads all American League outfielders in on-base percentage (.291), is second in both batting average (.299) and RBI (44), and is fourth in OPS (.870).

Now it’s on to Baltimore for a big four-game series:

Current AL East standings:

Red Sox 41-26
Yankees 37-28 (3 games back)
Orioles 37-29 (3.5)
Rays 35-30 (5)
Jays 28-36 (11.5)

In the minors, the Sea Dogs dropped two one-run games in a doubleheader Wednesday. Xander Bogaerts had a total of two hits and a walk. He has reached base in 51 of 56 games this season, and has hit safely in 19 of his last 23 starts. Bogaerts is batting .311, with a .407 on-base percentage and .502 slugging average.

Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz is starting to get hot (.4447 in his last 10 games). He went 3-for-4 Wednesday with a double, upping his average to .281.

The Sea Dogs are at home tonight at 6 p.m., with Anthony Ranaudo pitching.

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