Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/23/12

Daniel Bard couldn't get through the 6th inning, but 13 hits from the Red Sox offense allowed the team to squeeze past Baltimore, 6-5.

Bard struggled with command, walking four in addition to giving up five hits over five and a third innings. Bard's strikeout count was down, too, as he had just two, both of which came late in his outing. He got the win, moving to 4-5, but it was not the kind of outing that made you think this guy is going to be an important piece of the rotation.

It's still early in his career, of course, so maybe I've been too hard on him. And it's not like the bullpen needs him right now -- Alfredo Aceves continues to dominate the late innings, including in this game as he got a four-out save.

The offense's 13 hits came from unlikely sources: Daniel Nava, Scott Podsednik, and Kelly Shoppach joined Will Middlebrooks and Kevin Youkilis in multi-hit efforts. The light-hitting Podsednik even smacked a home run in the 8th, which proved to be the winning run.

The Sox finally get a day off tomorrow before taking on Tampa on Friday.

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