They didn't get much help from him afterward, either. To Bedard, it was simple.
Bedard allowed two hits over seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a 4-0 win over Arizona.
"That's just what you try to do — make some good pitches, get some outs and get the hitters back out there," Bedard said. "And that's what I tried to do."
Bedard did not walk a batter and faced just one over the minimum, striking out five. He retired 17 in a row until his final batter, Paul Goldschmidt, singled. Goldschmidt was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit by left fielder Starling Marte to end the seventh.
"I don't know; he just stayed off the barrel somehow," Diamondbacks centerfielder Chris Young said. "I thought we had a pretty good approach with him; we just couldn't get anything going."
Bedard (6-12) leads the majors in losses but lowered his home ERA to 2.38. Pittsburgh has won 23 of its past 29 games at PNC Park.
"He pitched exceptional tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He pitched to four spots, he got the ball inside, he mixed in his breaking ball for strikes, he got it for chase, he worked with a very good tempo and rhythm tonight. You can't pitch much better than that."