Tacoma's Bedard, Seddon Combine to Four-Hit Beavers
TACOMA, Wash. - Left-handers Erik Bedard and Chris Seddon combined on a four-hitter and Greg Halman's team-leading 15th home run broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning as the Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Portland Beavers 2-1 at Cheney Stadium Thursday night.
Bedard, making his third rehab start and first above rookie-level as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery, went 4 1/3 innings and allowed just an unearned run on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Seddon (9-4), who shares the Rainiers' (42-38) team lead in wins, finished off the gem, pitching 4 2/3 scoreless frames while giving up just a hit and a walk.
Halman's seventh-inning blast to right-center off Cesar Carrillo (4-7) gave the first-place Rainiers their 25th win over the Beavers (31-49) in the last 30 games between the two Northwest clubs.
Carrillo and reliever Greg Burke tossed a four-hitter of their own for Portland. Carrillo went seven innings and allowed all four hits and both runs, walking four and fanning seven, though he suffered a career-high fourth straight loss.
Cedric Hunter's two-out triple in the seventh inning was Portland's only extra-base hit. The Beavers' only run came on a fifth-inning error.
Carrillo had trouble with his control in the second inning, walking Brad Nelson to start the inning before Adam Moore singled to right. After recording the first out, Carrillo then walked Halman to load the bases and struck out David Winfree before Mike Wilson drew an RBI walk on five pitches to give Tacoma the early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Beavers used a Rainiers miscue to tie the game. Bedard walked Craig Stansberry and Luis Durango got aboard with a bunt single and both runners moved up on Hunter's sacrifice. Seddon then replaced Bedard and induced a grounder to third, which Matt Tuiasosopo misplayed, allowing Stansberry to score.
Carrillo had retired 11 straight batters before Halman took him the opposite way for a solo shot in the seventh.
The three-game series between the Beavers and Rainiers continues Friday night at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: The Beavers rank last in the PCL in batting average (.249) while the Rainiers rank second-to-last (.257) ... Bedard had previously made two rehab starts with the Seattle Mariners' rookie league team in Peoria, Ariz.
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