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After starting the first two months of the season off well, Erik Bedard has struggled in the month of June. Over five starts in each of April and May, Bedard posted a 2.48 and 3.91 ERA, respectively. However, after giving up four runs in the Pirates 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Bedard has sported a 6.58 ERA over 26.0 innings in June.

The left-hander entered game action just five strikeouts shy of 1,000 in his career. The lefty would have been one of just 13 active southpaws with at least 1,000 career strikeouts. Bedard, however, only struck out two Phillies.

Bedard allowed a run in each of his first three innings before settling down over his final three. All the damage off Bedard came with two outs.

Bedard retired his first two batters ...

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