ATLANTA — Erik Bedard finally had a chance to show the Pirates what he can do if given a few runs.
He’s hoping it won’t be such a rare sight.
Streaking Alex Presley helped the Pirates finally provide Bedard some support and Pittsburgh beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Saturday night.
Atlanta came in having won three in a row and eight of 10.
The Pirates scored a total of two runs with Bedard on the mound in his first four starts – the majors’ lowest run support for a pitcher. They topped that by taking a 3-0 lead in the first two innings.
“It feels good,” Bedard said after his first win with the Pirates. “When you can get up early, it helped out. Hopefully it keeps coming.”
Bedard (1-4) gave up only one run in five innings. The left-hander struck out nine while giving up five hits and two walks. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his starts.
Randall Delgado (2-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4⅓ innings for the Braves, leaving his ERA at 6.30. He has allowed a combined nine runs in his past two starts, both losses, after winning his first two starts.
“We’re trying to keep running him out there, trying to get him through some stuff,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “He just couldn’t get it going today. Couldn’t get his breaking pitches over.”
Braves catcher Brian McCann, who left Friday night’s game with a strained muscle in his right side, did not play. He said he felt better Saturday and hopes to play Monday.