Boston Red Sox

Jul 10, 2020; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Rockies pitcher Daniel Bard (52) during team practice at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Daniel Bard returned to a Major League mound for the first time in seven years Saturday, and did so in successful fashion.

Bard entered the game with two runners on and two out in the fourth inning and a 2-1 lead to protect. He retired the first batter he faced to get out of the jam. In the fifth he allowed two hits and struck out one hitter.

His final line was 1.1 innings pitched, two hits, one strikeout, and no runs allowed. He threw 25 total pitches, 20 for strikes. The Rockies took the game 3-2, with Bard getting credited with his first win in the majors since May 29, 2012.

Bard’s comeback is seven years in the making. The former Red Sox setup man last pitched in the Majors in 2013, but control issues saw him bounce back to and around the minor leagues.

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