Burnett flirts with no-hitter as Buccos blank Cards
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - There was a loud gasp at PNC Park when Carlos Beltran belted a ball earmarked for the right-center field gap with two outs in the seventh inning.
Just like that, A.J. Burnett's push for the second no-hitter of his career was dashed.
Instead, he settled for another close call.
Burnett tossed seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a rain- shortened two-game set.
Beltran's double in the seventh came on Burnett's 96th pitch of the game. Burnett's only other blemish was a hit batsman. He struck out eight.
Burnett (1-2), who tallied his 2,000th career strikeout, fired his first no- hitter nearly 12 years ago. While with the Florida Marlins, he recorded a wild nine-walk no-no against the San Diego Padres on May 12, 2001.
The 36-year-old took a no-hitter into the eight inning against the Chicago Cubs last season before pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lined a two-out single to right.
There have been six no-hitters in Pirates history, the last a combined 10- inning no-no against the Houston Astros in 1997.
Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Pittsburgh, which has won six of its last eight games.
Shelby Miller (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk for the Cardinals, who had won five of their last six contests coming in.
The Pirates opened the scoring in the first and tacked on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames.
Starling Marte led off the first with a triple to right and Travis Snider brought him home when he fisted a bloop single into shallow right-center.
Neil Walker recorded a two-out RBI single back up the middle in the sixth and Russell Martin, who began the seventh with a base hit, scored with two outs when David Freese committed a throwing error on Marte's grounder.
Gaby Sanchez tallied an RBI double and Pedro Alvarez added a run-scoring single in the eighth to make it 5-0.
Burnett was the losing pitcher of MLB's most recent no-hitter against Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds in September ... The Pirates were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
04/17 22:23:40 ET