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Pirates Vs. Phillies: A.J. Burnett Wins Again As Pirates Win 2nd Straight

The Pirates' A.J. Burnett won his eighth straight start, beating the Phillies 5-4 in a game that was closer than it initially appeared it would be.

The Bucs scored all five of their runs in the first inning, thanks in part to a three-run shot by Casey McGehee and a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez.

In the second, however, former Pirates backup catcher Erik Kratz hit a two-run bomb. Then Placido Polanco hit a grounder for an RBI in the sixth. Burnett left after 6.2 innings after striking out seven and walking two, and allowing three earned runs.

The Phillies inched closer in the eighth on a solo homer by Hunter Pence. Despite a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins against Joel Hanrahan in the ninth, though, the Phillies couldn't bring the tying run home, and the Bucs escaped with a 5-4 win.

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