Saturday June 19, 2010 | 07:00 AM

Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard, who finished the 2008 season in Portland, opened and closed the Red Sox win over the Dodgers Friday night.

Doubront was fine (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; 83 pitches, 55 strikes). He looked strong until, after a long bottom of the fifth, he came out in the sixth and surrendered 3 hits and 2 runs.

Doubront will be back (maybe a bullpen role later this year?). He seems to have his orders to keep working on the curveball to compliment the fastball and a decent change-up.

Ask Bard about developing a solid secondary pitch. He had Manny Ramirez fouling off his the 99 m.p.h. fastballs. But Ramirez froze when Bard fired in a 85 m.p.h. slider for strike three.

Yankees and Rays lose. AL East: Tampa Bay and New York 41-26; Boston 41-28 (one game back).

In Pawtucket, former Sea Dogs pitcher Robert Coello had his second straight scoreless relief outing (3 2/3 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K) ... Lars Anderson's slump continued, going 0-for-4 and dropping to .199.

Ray Chang (.317) hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning for the Sea Dogs ... Eammon Portice put in a solid 3 1/3 innings of relief (1 H, 5 K).

Salem also enjoyed an extra inning win with three straight singles in the bottom of the 11th. Mitch Dening (.301) singled in the game-winner. Dening, 21, an outfielder from Australia, was 4-for-6 and may be pushing for a chance in Portland later this year.

Lowell opened up its Class A short-season schedule in Vermont Friday. Outfielder Bryce Brentz, a supplemental first round pick, was 1-4 with a RBI single.

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