Phillies Avoid Sweep in Pittsburgh

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Phillies Avoid Sweep in Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Gavin Floyd pitched 6 2/3 solid innings while Pat Burrell supported the young righty with a homer and two runs batted in, as Philadelphia avoided a sweep at PNC Park with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After young phenom Cole Hamels' dominating Triple-A debut for Scranton/Wilkes- Barre against Norfolk earlier in the week, Floyd needed to shake off the early-season rust in a hurry or fear suffering the same fate as last season.

Floyd (2-2) delayed any thought of an early demotion by managing the Pirates throughout his outing, struggling with his command and allowing baserunners but also making the crucial pitch to escape innings unscathed.

The righty scattered six hits and surrendered one run while walking five and striking out three. Floyd threw just 56 of his 103 pitches for strikes but managed to register his first quality start of the season.

"It was definitely a step forward," Floyd said. "I really focused on paying attention to Sal (Fasano)'s mitt and trying to be fluid and nice and easy. That's what I focused on and trying to hit my spots."

Burrell hit his first-ever home run at PNC Bank and finished 2-for-4. The slugging outfielder had hit a homer in every National League stadium but PNC Park prior to his second-inning blast.

Abraham Nunez gave star second baseman Chase Utley the day off against a tough lefty and contributed with a 3-for-5 afternoon. Jimmy Rollins hit his second homer of the campaign and scored twice in the victory.

Oliver Perez (1-4) couldn't find the strike zone through 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Perez's early- season earned run average ballooned to 7.

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