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                       === 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
 left center.
 
 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.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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