Saturday July 03, 2010 | 07:00 AM

Daniel Nava's pinch-hit RBI bloop single gave Boston a 3-2 win over Baltimore, putting the Red Sox (48-32) a half-game behind the Yankees (48-31). The Rays (46-33) lost Friday and are two games back.

Nava is now batting .304. We had a feature on Nava in Friday's Press Herald.

Jon Lester goes for Boston tonight. New York's tough lefty, Andy Pettitte, is on the mound this afternoon.

In Pawtucket, Michael Bowden (3.77) continued his resurgence on Friday, allowing one hit (a home run) over  7 2/3 innings (1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K). He has allowed four earned runs over his last 28 innings.

Bubba Bell (.313) , Ryan Kalish (.269) , and Juan Apodaca (.333) all had two hits for Pawtucket.

Portland's Che-Hsuan Lin broke up Chris Schwinden's bid for a perfect game in the seventh (and final) inning Friday, in the first game of a doubleheader. Lin led off the seventh with a single.

The Sea Dogs won the second game. Both Anthony Rizzo and Yamacio Navarro homered (No. 7 for both of them) ... Ray Chang (.307) was 4-for-4.

The Rynes pitched for Portland, with Lawson starting (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and Miller relieving, allowing one hit and striking out six in two innings



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