Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not Enough Juice in Power Bats Alvarez, Martin Homer, but Can't Lift Burnett, Who Struggles through Five Innings vs. Philles Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not Enough Juice in Power Bats Alvarez, Martin Homer, but Can't Lift Burnett, Who Struggles through Five Innings vs. Philles Phillies 3, Pirates 2

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates brought their power game to Citizens Bank Park, introducing a pitcher making his major league debut to the rigors of facing a big league lineup.

The Phillies left their power bats at home, but they didn't need them to end the Pirates' three-game winning streak with 3-2 win Monday night. The Phillies scratched out three runs without an extra- base hit and took advantage of singles, walks and a wild pitch against A.J. Burnett.

"The guy threw everything but the kitchen sink at them tonight on a night when his stuff wasn't crisp," manager Clint Hurdle said. "After the first inning that was a wrestling match."

Jared Hughes allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth inning in a two-out rally. Hughes walked Erik Kratz and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera. Jimmy Rollins singled to right to score Kratz. Rollins went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

"Looking to get a weak ground ball," said Hughes, who took the loss for the second time in five games.

Burnett had to work, his pitch count ballooning, and left the game after five innings. His wild pitch in the third inning allowed the Phillies' first run to score, and a hit batsman with the bases loaded in the fourth gave them their second.

"A hit batter and a wild pitch to get the two runs to come across the plate, you've got to be more effective than that," Burnett said.

Burnett allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. He threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes, and struck out seven batters, giving him a National League-leading 42 in 29 innings this season.

"At times I had [control]," Burnett said. "At times I didn't. I left it out there. You hate going five innings. You've got to give the bullpen more, you've got to go further in games."

Burnett walked Jonathan Pettibone, the pitcher, to lead off bottom of the third, and it burned him. Rollins' single advanced Pettibone to second, and Pettibone took third when John Mayberry Jr. grounded to short. Burnett threw a wild pitch to Chase Utley that allowed Pettibone to score and tie the score, 1-1. …

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