=== Burnett shuts down Padres ===
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings of one-run
ball and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-1, in the
middle test of a three-game series.
Burnett (6-8) allowed four hits, including a home run by Jedd Gyorko, while
fanning seven and walking one. His performance came off two straight rough
outings in which he gave up 10 earned runs on 16 hits over 10 innings.
"I had guys diving left and right behind me today and swinging the bat,"
Burnett said. "It's just fun to see everyone in this room contribute. That's
what's going on right now. I'm glad I was a part of it tonight."
Josh Harrison had three RBI while Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs for the
Pirates, who came into this series 2-7 in a nine-game span, but are on the
verge of sweeping the set. They expanded their lead in the NL Central to two
games over St. Louis.
Padres starter Tyson Ross (3-6) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on six
hits and a pair of walks over 6 1/3 innings.
San Diego has lost 10 of its last 14 games.
"We are scuffling swinging the bats, but Burnett, being a veteran pitcher, he
had some fastballs with movement tonight to both sides of the plate," Padres
manager Bud Black said. "With the breaking ball, it was a good combination."
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker got things started with a one out-homer in
the first inning. After McCutchen grounded out, Pedro Alvarez reached first
after Gyorko's throw to first was off the mark, and Russell Martin ripped an
RBI double to right to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
Two innings later, Walker was hit by a pitch and scored on Alvarez's triple to
Gyorko made up for his blunder with a home run to start the fourth, but that
would be it for the Padres.
Meanwhile, the Pirates scored five runs in the seventh. Jordy Mercer singled
to lead off and Burnett walked. After Jose Tabata's sacrifice bunt advanced
the runners, Ross was replaced by Dale Thayer.
Walker grounded towards second and Mercer was thrown out at the plate.
However, McCutchen tripled to right center, plating Burnett and Walker.
Colt Hynes then came out in relief, but he walked Alvarez and Martin to load
the bases. Pinch-hitter Harrison then cleared the bases with a triple to
right center, making it an 8-1 game.
The Pirates are 32-29 on the road, one of four National League teams with a
winning road record (Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers) ... McCutchen has eight RBI
over his last nine games ... Pittsburgh finished 2-for-11 with runners in
scoring position ... Gyorko has five home runs and six RBI in his last nine
games ... Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole is scheduled to face San Diego's Ian
Kennedy in Wednesday's series finale.
08/21 02:54:41 ET