If there were scouts at Safeco Field to watch Erik Bedard on Friday, they didn't catch him on his best night.

Bedard has been impressive this season, and as a left-hander who is under a one-year contract, he's been the topic of trade rumors as Sunday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

But the lefty, who was making his first start since going on the disabled list on June 28 with a sprained left knee, threw 57 pitches and lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his outing, giving up five runs on three hits and four walks in an 8-0 loss to the Rays in front of 26,570 at Safeco Field.

Bedard's trade value undoubtedly took a hit after Friday's outing, but he did reach 94 mph on the radar gun, proving he was healthy enough to throw his stuff.

Nonetheless, Bedard had major control issues. He allowed three consecutive walks to allow the game's first run in the second inning, then gave up a single up the middle to Johnny Damon that scored two more runs. And that was it for the left-hander.

Aaron Laffey came on to relieve Bedard, but he couldn't stop the Rays in the second either. He balked right after entering the game, then allowed a two-run homer to Ben Zobrist, an RBI double to Casey Kotchman and an RBI single to Kelly Shoppach.

In its past nine games entering Friday, Seattle's bats had woken up with a .274 average, scoring 4.67 runs per tilt in that span. But the Mariners returned to their offensively-challenged ways Friday, recording just three hits.

Dustin Ackley's first-inning single was just about the only offense Seattle would muster. Miguel Olivo struck out three times, while Justin Smoak went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

On the bright side, relievers Jamey Wright, Chris Ray and Josh Lueke combined to hurl six scoreless innings.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann used the huge cushion to his advantage, going 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 11.

(Courtesy of: www.mariners.com)