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.
"With Bedard, I mean, the way that he pitches, I only know what's coming about half the time," Castro said of the passed balls.
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, ret...