Jeff Locke pitched eight strong innings and catcher Russell
Martin hit a two-run double in the first inning to key the
Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday
and spoil A.J. Burnett's return to Pittsburgh.
The Pirates took all three games to sweep the Phillies, the first of
the season for Pittsburgh.
Locke (2-1) allowed just two runs -- one earned -- and three hits
with four strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander raised his career
record against the Phillies to 3-0 and the Pirates have won each of
his last five starts.
Burnett, who was making his first start at PNC Park since leaving
the Pirates for the Phillies as a free agent in the offseason, took
Locke under his wing during his two years with the Pirates.
"The results weren't there to win the ballgame on my end, but me
going up against him and how he did, it makes me feel good," Burnett
said. "You see the way he's throwing the ball, you see his approach,
his confidence. You've got to tip your cap to the guy. He was on and
he was pounding the strike zone."
Burnett (5-8) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He
struck out seven and walked two.
Burnett, who won 26 games during his two years in Pittsburgh,
received a warm ovation when he took the mound to start the bottom
of the first inning.
"They made me feel at home," Burnett said. "It caught me a little
off guard, to be honest. I didn't know what to expect. It was very
nice. Very classy. It meant a lot."
Locke and Burnett had lunch together Friday before the start of the
series then spoke briefly before the game.
"It didn't even feel like we were playing a Major League Baseball
game," Locke said. "Before we got in the bullpen, we just told each
other to have fun today, go get 'em. Pound down. He did a great job.
I threw the ball well and I guess that's all you can really ask
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a triple
that drove in the first run in a three-run eighth inning that put
the game away. McCutchen scored on left fielder Starling Marte's
single and shortstop Jordy Mercer hit a sacrifice fly for his fifth
RBI of the series.
McCutchen is 11-for-21 (.524) with six RBIs in his last five games
and 20-for-52 (.385) in his last 13 games.
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The two teams at opposite ends of Pennsylvania are heading in
opposite directions. The Pirates won for the 12th time in their last
15 games to move a season-high six games above .500 at 47-41 and the
Phillies lost for ninth time in their last 10 games to fall a
season-worst 14 games below .500 at 37-51.
"It's always fun for everybody when we're playing the kind of
baseball that we expect to play," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Right fielder Marlon Bryd hit his 18th home run, a solo shot in the
seventh inning that drew the Phillies to 3-2. He finished with two
of the Phillies' four and drove in both their runs.
"Marlon has been the most consistent guy we've had all year,"
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We need more guys to chip in
NOTES: The Pirates placed INF Clint Barmes on the 15-day disabled
list with a strained right groin that is expected to sideline him
for at least a month. INF Michael Martinez was recalled from
Triple-A Indianapolis. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz, on the seven-day
concussion disabled list since June 27, is "still a ways away" from
playing, according to general manger Ruben Amaro, who said the team
will have a better idea of a potential timetable for a return after
he undergoes more testing Monday. ... Phillies 1B Ryan Howard and 2B
Chase Utley were out of the starting lineup as they got routine days
off. ... Philadelphia opens a four-game series at Milwaukee on
Monday night with Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (2-5, 2.98 ERA) facing
Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (7-5, 4.94 ERA). ... Pittsburgh plays the
Cardinals on Monday night in St. Louis to open a four-game series
with Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (5-9, 3.30 ERA) opposing St. Louis
RHP Adam Wainwright (11-4, 1.89 ERA).
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