Bedard has been awful in dropping his last three outings away from home heading into Tuesday night's matchup with the Phillies, who made him a tough-luck loser on opening day.
Pittsburgh (38-34) activated Jeff Karstens before Monday's contest for his first start in two months, but that backfired when the right-hander gave up seven runs over five innings in an 8-3 defeat.
Bedard (4-7, 4.13 ERA) is next in line after going 0-3 with an 11.08 ERA in his last three road starts, failing to get through the fourth inning in his previous two.
The left-hander turned in a better performance Wednesday as he yielded one run over six innings and did not get a decision in a 2-1 home loss to Minnesota.
Philadelphia (35-40) is 8-16 against left-handed starters, but one of those wins came April 5 at PNC Park when Bedard gave up one run over seven innings in a 1-0 loss as he was outdueled by Roy Halladay . Bedard fell to 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts against the Phillies.
This is his first outing at Citizens Bank Park since July 3, 2004, when he allowed four runs over seven innings for Baltimore.
Philadelphia jumped on Karstens for four runs in a first inning in which Pittsburgh committed three errors."We were aggressive, they started throwing the ball around, starting making mistakes and that helped us get four runs," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Carlos Ruiz had three hits, scored three runs and stole a base as he increased his average to .354. The catcher may be getting even more playing time now that backup Brian Schneider was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained right ankle.
Pittsburgh matched a season high by finishing with four errors. Right fielder Jose Tabata had two on one play in the fateful first inning."It happens," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Everybody plays that way some time."
The Pirates have dropped back-to-back games after winning six of seven. Andrew McCutchen is 1 for 8 in these last two defeats after going 15 for 28 with eight RBIs over his previous seven games.
Catcher Rod Barajas left Monday's game with a bone bruise in his left knee. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
The Phillies have lost the last four games started by Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78), who is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA in that span. He has received a total of seven runs of support in that span, yielding two runs over seven innings Thursday in a 4-1 loss to Colorado.
The right-hander, who has no record and a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates, has a 3.90 ERA at home compared to his 1.89 mark on the road.
McCutchen has two doubles in five at-bats against Worley.
|June 25, 2012||Rod Barajas||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left knee|
|May 30, 2012||Charlie Morton||60-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|May 10, 2012||Daniel McCutchen||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|May 10, 2012||Daniel McCutchen||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|May 09, 2012||Erik Bedard||Day-to-Day||Left game - back spasms|
|May 06, 2012||Andrew McCutchen||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 07, 2012||Freddy Galvis||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||Day-to-Day||Left game - left index finger laceration|
|June 02, 2012||Jose Contreras||60-Day DL||Torn UCL, right elbow - out for season|
|May 28, 2012||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right latissimus dorsi strain|
|May 16, 2012||Placido Polanco||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|May 12, 2012||Vance Worley||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Schwimer wanted to jump into the stands to celebrate. He settled for an animated fist-pump instead.
Ty Wigginton and Carlos Ruiz homered to back Vance Worley and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Worley (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Schwimer pitched out of a jam in the seventh, Antonio Bastardo worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 18th save in 19 tries. Papelbon allowed a solo homer to Michael McKenry in the ninth.
Schwimer came in with runners on second and third, no outs and the Phillies clinging to a 4-3 lead. He retired Jose Tabata on a sharp bouncer to the mound. Then Neil Walker lofted a fly ball to shallow left and John Mayberry Jr. nailed McKenry trying to score with a perfect one-hop throw to the plate.
"I was trying to stop myself from jumping in the crowd," Schwimer said. "I'm an emotional person. You have to be who you are. My plan of attack was just to execute pitches and go from there. Those are situations I love. I've gotten in trouble in the past by getting too excited. I've learned to channel that."
Ruiz hammered an 0-2 pitch to deep left for his career-best 10th homer to give the Phillies an insurance run in the eighth. Ruiz, a career .265 hitter coming into the year, leads the majors with a .361 average after his 10th three-hit game.
Pirates starter Erik Bedard (4-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. Pittsburgh came in with the best record in the NL since May 25 at 18-10.
"There were some good things going on," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's probably like the changeup back to Wigginton, but he kept us in the game."
The Phillies have won two straight to climb out of last place, and the five-time defending NL East champions could have some help on the way.
Chase Utley was 2 for 5 with a homer in a game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The five-time All-Star second baseman could make his season debut on Wednesday. He has missed the first three months because of chronic knee problems.
Meanwhile, former NL MVP Ryan Howard will start a rehab stint at Class A Lakewood on Thursday if all goes well with an examination on his left Achilles in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the Pirates rallied against Worley. Clint Barmes walked and McKenry singled. Pinch-hitter Drew Sutton followed with an RBI double down the left-field line.
But Schwimer entered and closed the door.
"He got out of a tough jam," manager Charlie Manuel said. "The more you succeed and leave that game on a positive, that helps your confidence."
The Pirates squandered another opportunity to tie it in the eighth after Andrew McCutchen led off with a double off Bastardo. Josh Harrison , pinch-hitting for cleanup hitter Garrett Jones , popped up a bunt that Ruiz ran down. Casey McGehee popped out and Pedro Alvarez struck out.
Wigginton gave Philadelphia a 4-1 lead in the third when he hit a two-run shot to left-center with two outs.
McGehee's two-out RBI single in the sixth got the Pirates within 4-2. McCutchen doubled and scored on the hit.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Ruiz. Hunter Pence hit a triple off the scoreboard in right-center with two outs. Ruiz then hit a hard grounder to left on an 0-2 pitch.
Alvarez led off the second with a double, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on McKenry's sacrifice fly to tie it. Placido Polanco 's two-out RBI single to left put the Phillies ahead 2-1 in the bottom half.
Worley escaped a first-and-second, no-out jam in the first, helping himself with an excellent defensive play. Worley charged off the mound, fielded Jones' slow roller and flipped the ball with his glove to Ruiz to retire Tabata trying to score.
Notes: Phillies C Brian Schneider had an MRI that revealed a high ankle sprain. He'll miss three to five weeks. ... Sutton joined the Pirates earlier in the day after being claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Sunday. LHP Doug Slaten was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room on the roster. The Pirates also called up C Eric Fryer and optioned INF Matt Hague . ... Alvarez is 8 for 18 with four homers and nine RBIs in last three four road games. ... Worley has a 2.70 ERA in five starts since returning from an elbow injury. ... The Phillies have sold out 259 straight games, including postseason. ... James McDonald (6-3, 2.19) starts for the Pirates on Wednesday against an undetermined starter for Philadelphia.
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