Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bedard Battered in Fourth Inning after His Strong Start, San Francisco Erases 3-0 Deficit to End Win Streak Giants 6, Pirates 5

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bedard Battered in Fourth Inning after His Strong Start, San Francisco Erases 3-0 Deficit to End Win Streak Giants 6, Pirates 5

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Through nine batters, Erik Bedard breezed through the San Francisco Giants lineup. Over the next nine batters, the Giants buried him.

What started as a strong outing for Bedard fell apart in the fourth inning as the Giants beat the Pirates, 6-5, Friday night at PNC Park.

He surrendered five runs, four earned, on four hits in 32/3 innings, adding to a stretch of troubling outings for the Pirates' lone left-handed starter. All of the Giants runs and hits against Bedard came in the fourth inning as they climbed back from an early 3-0 deficit.

"The fourth inning was a bad inning all around," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Bedard has not pitched past the fifth inning in nine of his 17 starts this season, and his ERA in June and July is 7.39.

"We'll look at some tape [today] and try to help him figure some things out over the break," Hurdle said.

Bedard, who has battled a variety of injuries over his career, said his health is not a factor in his recent struggles.

"I feel better than I've felt in the last couple years," he said.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Pirates (46- 37) and a three-game losing streak for the Giants (46-38).

Pedro Alvarez belted a 457-foot home run off Giants reliever Javier Lopez to pull the Pirates within one run in the eighth. It was Alvarez's 16th home run of the season, tying Andrew McCutchen for the team lead.

Barry Zito earned the win for the Giants, his seventh of the season, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in five innings.

The Giants added an insurance run in the seventh when Juan Cruz surrendered a leadoff double to Joaquin Arias, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Theriot to make it 6-4.

Casey McGehee hit a solo home run off of Zito in the fifth to help the Pirates pull within one run.

After cruising through the Giants order over the first three innings, facing nine batters without allowing a hit, Bedard faced nine batters in the fourth alone as the Giants surged ahead.

"I didn't feel anything different," Bedard said. "They were hitting the pitches."

Bedard issued a leadoff walk to Justin Christian, who scored when Theriot doubled to right-center field. …

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