Erik Bedard was one of the most effective pitchers in the majors in May and June. He hopes his first outing of July isn’t a sign of things to come for the rest of the month.
Bedard (6-4, 3.67 ERA) posted a 2.10 ERA in 11 starts in May and June - the fifth-best mark in the majors in that stretch. In his July debut, however, the left-hander matched a season high by allowing six runs in 5 2-3 innings.
The Orioles (37-48) rallied with five runs in the last two innings to win the game 7-6 over the Chicago White Sox, but Bedard matched his season high with four walks and set a new career high by allowing three home runs.
Bedard continues to lead the majors with 134 strikeouts. although he only had five Monday.
He hopes to regain his form from the last two months against a Texas team he has fared well against. Bedard is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers, and Mark Teixeira (1-for-11) and Michael Young (1-for-12) have combined to bat .087 against him in their careers.
The Rangers (37-49), though, are surging toward the All-Star break. One month ago, they had the worst record in the majors at 21-39, but they haven’t lost a series in more than three weeks, going 13-7 since June 15.
Texas appears to be in good shape to extend its streak of series wins after beating Baltimore 4-3 in 10 innings in Friday’s opener.
Eric Gagne blew a save for the first time in 12 opportunities by allowing a run in the ninth, but Young hit a walk-off RBI single to plate Travis Metcalf and secure the win, the Rangers’ fifth in their last seven games.
“It’s pretty incredible what he’s been able to do,” Young said of Gagne, who signed with Texas as a free agent after two injury-filled seasons. “We’ve gotten spoiled this season. But we found a way to pick him up the way he’s done for us all year.”
Baltimore lost for the third time in four games, thanks in part to a missed call at the plate. Orioles third baseman Chris Gomez tried to score on a wild pitch, but was called out at the plate even though replays showed he beat the tag. Home plate umpire Brian Knight admitted after the game that he missed the call.
“We thought our guy was safe,” interim manager Dave Trembley told the team’s official Web site. “That’s baseball, but I don’t feel real good about it.”
The Orioles hope to rebound against Brandon McCarthy (4-5, 6.17), who is seeking his first major league win in more than six weeks.
Thanks in part to a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand that landed him on the disabled list for two weeks, McCarthy is 0-1 with a 7.59 ERA in three starts since beating Houston on May 20.
In his first outing since he was activated, the right-hander was tagged for four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings to lose at Boston on Monday.
McCarthy has an 18.00 ERA in two career relief appearances against the Orioles.
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