Thursday July 01, 2010 | 12:37 AM

The Red Sox missed a chance to move into a first-place tie in the AL East, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4.

The standings: Yankees 47-30; Red Sox 47-32; Rays 45-32.

New York is likely to go ahead another half-game after today. While the Sox are off, the Yankees roll out C.C. Sabathia (9-3, 3.49 ERA) against Seattle's Ryan Roland-Smith (1-7, 6.18) ... The Rays are at Minnesota tonight.

Manny Delcarmen has been awful lately, including Wednesday (5 batters faced: 4 hits, 1 walk). reported that Delcarmen said his elbow is bothering him and he is going to have it looked at.

Pawtucket won behind starter Felix Doubront (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 W, 4 K). His ERA is 2.36 ... Tommy Hottovy (3.38) had a tough night for his numbers. He struck out the first two batters in the ninth and then allowed a double and walk before giving way to Fernando Cabrera, who allowed both inherited runners to score.

Juan Apodaca, the catcher on loan from Portland, homered for the PawSox. He's batting .286 (4-for-14) ... Ryan Kalish had his second straight two-hit game since coming off the disabled list.

Portland got two hits apiece from Ray Chang (.308), Luis Exposito (.256), Yamaico Navarro (.266) and Ryan Khoury (.281).

In Salem, the advanced Class A Red Sox had to face Frederick's Nathan Moreau, whom the Orioles just promoted. He did not arrived in Salem until 2 p.m. Wednesday, but his presence was soon felt. Moreau threw a nine-inning no-hitter, allowing no walks in the 7-0 win. His perfect game ended in the sixth on his own throwing error on a Ryan Dent bunt. Another Salem batter reached by error in the eighth.

The Lowell Spinners lost after leading 7-2 in the ninth. The Connecticut Tigers scored five in the ninth and another in the bottom of the 11th. The Tigers, by the way, play in Dodd Stadium in Norwich, which used to part of the Eastern League (Connecticut Defenders).


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