Rain costs Bedard first win with Sox

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Rain costs Bedard first win with Sox

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com Follow @JCameratoNBA
BOSTON -- You could say Erik Bedards bid at his first win with the Red Sox went down the drain.

Or it was washed out.

Any precipitation-related phrase you like will do the trick.

In spite of striking out five and giving up just two hits in four scoreless innings, Bedard ended up with a no decision (his third with the Red Sox) after Game 2 of the Red Sox-Athletics doubleheader was halted for a one-hour rain delay, a result of weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irene.

He remains 0-2 in five starts with the Red Sox (4-9, 3.45 for the season).

You always want wins, but as long as the team wins thats the good part, he said following the Red Sox 4-0 victory. But its coming. Eventually Ill get one.

Bedard was just outs away from capturing his first win since June 15, which came as a member of the Seattle Mariners. But mother nature was not as accommodating, and heavy downpours put his plans for a W on hold.

You just try to pray to God that the rain stays away so you can finish at least three more outs and have a decision, but we won the game so thats the bottom line, he said, adding, Deep down youre like, Just put it in play so we can get an out or get it over with, but stuff like that happens and thats that.

Terry Francona noted Bedard had a sore knee, which the pitcher said warmed up and settled down, and though he pitched well as the game went on.

He struggled, especially early, first couple of innings I think he ended up with four walks, said Francona. The good news is he wiggled out of it and stuff was pretty good. He can pitch. He just had trouble commanding, especially early.

Once the game resumed, Alfredo Aceves took the mound and pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no hits. He picked up the win, improving to 9-1 (2.86 ERA), and earned praise for performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

He pitched well again, and under the circumstances, with a rain delay, a runner on base, guy in the middle of the count, and continues to put up zeroes and sets up not only the game but the rest of the bullpen, tremendous, said Francona.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia echoed, The guy hes a competitor. Hes passionate about the game so hes been a great asset to the team. Hes gone out there and whatever day you want him to pitch, he pitches.

Even though Bedard did not get the win, he was happy to have such a strong bullpen behind him. Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

When you only go four and then you have the bullpen shut it down for the rest of the game, thats awesome, he said. Aceves went three innings and I dont even know if he gave up a hit. Then youve got Bard and Pap, it makes it easier on the starters when the reliever can do that.

The start of Game 2 of the doubleheader was delayed one hour and 52 minutes due to the length of Game 1. There was a one-hour delay during Game 2 in the fifth inning.

David Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run blast in Game 2.

Saltalamacchia (2-4, 2B) has six extra-base hits in his last seven games.

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McAdam: It's make-or-break time before the break for Red Sox

Not long ago, the final homestand of the first half of the 2016 season looked like an opportunity for the Red Sox.
      
Now, however, it looks more like a survival test.
      
Are they contenders or pretenders? 
     
Is this a month-long downturn or a preview of coming attractions? 

      
The Red Sox still possess a winning record and are tied for one of the wild-card spots in the American League. The season isn't shot. Yet.
      
But it could be soon if the Red Sox don't execute a turnaround and thrust themselves back into the divisional race. At the precise moment the Red Sox are in freefall, the Baltimore Orioles are streaking, and doing what the Red Sox have failed to do: take advantage of some breaks in the schedule.
      
While the Red Sox dropped two of three to a Tampa Bay team which had lost 11 in a row -- four at the hands of the Orioles themselves, it should be noted -- the Orioles have steamrolled over lowly opponents to go 7-1 against a steady diet of nothing by the Rays and Padres.
      
That delivers some additional urgency to this upcoming homestand, which features three games each against the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers and the Rays again.
      
While Dave Dombrowski continues to hunt for pitching help, how the Red Sox play over the next nine games could either intensify his search or reduce it to unnecessary.
      
Should the Red Sox lose further ground while at home, it might result in Dombrowski refusing to mortgage any of his organization's future for a team that hasn't proven worthy of an upgrade.
      
Why sacrifice prospects in exchange for a starting pitcher or bullpen piece when the playoffs drift out of reach? And, yes, the Red Sox are going to need reinforcements to the rotation and the bullpen for next year either way, but if the Sox don't show signs of life soon, that effort can be put off until after the season.
      
Due to simple laws of supply and demand, the already exorbitant cost of pitching skyrockets before the trade deadline, since there are a handful of needy teams convinced that one additional arm could spell the difference between a trip to the World Series and missing the postseason altogether.
      
If a team isn't in need of immediate help, it's best to wait for November and December, when there's less of a sense of desperation to the whole exercise.
      
Beyond the matter of determining whether the Red Sox go all-in on 2016, there's the matter of job security for manager John Farrell.
      
Should the Sox continue to stumble, the All-Star break might give Dombrowski time and cause to evaluate whether it's time to make a change in the dugout.
      
If Dombrowski determines that the season can still be salvaged with a change of voice in the dugout, Farrell would be vulnerable. And if he decides that, regardless of playoff aspirations, he's seen enough in a half-season of observation that  Farrell isn't his choice to lead the club going forward, the four-day break would be time to reflect, then act on that evaluation.
      
Farrell challenged his team in a postgame meeting Monday, exhorting them to play to their potential, to trust in their teammates and play hard.
      
If that push doesn't yield tangible results in the next 10 days, a dark uncertainty -- for himself and the team he manages -- lies ahead.
      
The All-Star break offers upper management and ownership a time to take stock in what they have. If they don't like what they see in the next week and a half, the consequences could be felt soon.