Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Washington 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen continued his torrid run
against the Nationals with three more hits and A.J. Burnett spun seven innings
of one-run ball in Pittsburgh's 3-1 victory over Washington.
McCutchen hit his 11th career home run against Washington, and has gone an
impressive 41-for-90 in 24 career games versus the club. Jordy Mercer
contributed a two-run homer to help the Pirates to their second straight win.
Burnett (3-2), unbeaten in his last five starts, struck out nine and allowed
just five hits. Jason Grilli worked around a one-out single in the ninth to
notch his 12th save of the season.
Washington fell for the fourth time in six games, with Ross Detwiler (1-3)
suffering a third straight losing decision. The lefty gave up three runs on
six hits and two walks over five-plus frames.
Adam LaRoche went 2-for-3 and Danny Espinosa plated the Nats' only run with an
RBI single in the setback.
The Pirates struck first, with McCutchen's two-out solo blast to left staking
the hosts to a 1-0 lead.
Burnett's only trouble came in the fourth, when the Nationals were able to
draw even, but struck out four and gave up just one hit over his final three
innings of work.
"We're fine, we're right where we need to be," said Nationals shortstop Ian
Desmond. "He pitched good, don't take any credit away from him, he pitched a
really good game today."
LaRoche sparked a two-out rally in the fourth with a walk, moved to second on
a base hit from Tyler Moore and scurried home on Espinosa's ground ball into
right. The inning came to a close on Espinosa's hit, however, as Moore was
thrown out trying to advance to third.
Pittsburgh then went in front for good in the fifth. Mercer, recalled from
Triple-A Indianapolis earlier on Friday, pulled a pitched from Detwiler that
just cleared the left-field wall for a two-run homer, making it 3-1.
"I got myself in a good count and just let it fly," said Mercer. "Anything I
can do to help the team win, and it was a good win."
Before going down in the ninth, the Nationals had a chance in the eighth with
runners on first and third for Bryce Harper, who was picked off first base
back in the sixth inning.
Harper would go down swinging to end the frame and finished just 1-for-4 on
The Pirates made several moves earlier on Friday, placing infielder Neil
Walker on the 15-day DL (retroactive to April 27) with a right hand
laceration. They also selected the contract of pitcher Jose Contreras from
Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned pitcher Jared Hughes to Indianapolis ...
Pittsburgh right fielder Brandon Inge had an eight-game hitting streak snapped
... Washington's Ryan Zimmerman was activated off the disabled list and played
for the first time since April 21. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts ...
Washington infielder Anthony Rendon was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg ...
Desmond went 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to nine games.
05/04 01:30:23 ET
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