Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/21/13
Thanks for the help, pals. You couldn't blame Erik Bedard if that was his sarcastic greeting to his teammates on Saturday night. The Astros starter went 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners and gave up zero hits. But he was charged with three runs and took the loss in Houston's 4-2 defeat . Bedard struck out 10 and walked five, and it was walks plus some shaky work behind the plate and relief that wasn't a relief that did him in. Taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning, Bedard issued two one-out walks. A passed ball by catcher Juan Castro moved runners up to second and third. A sacrifice fly brought in one run and put a runner on third. Castro committed another passed ball, letting in another unearned run. In the seventh, Bedard recorded one out and then allowed a walk to Justin Smoak. He was done for the night. Jose Cisnero came in from the bullpen, retired one batter, walked another and then yielded a double to Michael Saunders, sending Smoak home with a run charged to Bedard. Before the game, seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens gave the pitching staff a pep talk . Maybe he should have spoken to the catchers, too.
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