A.J. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaker home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Burnett (3-2) gave up five hits and one walk in winning his third straight after going 0-2 in his first three starts. He also raised his NL-leading strikeout total to 57.
Mercer’s two-run home run off Ross Detwiler (1-3) in the fifth inning put the Pirates ahead for good 3-1. Mercer was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game when second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list with a right hand injury.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a home run, for Pittsburgh. Leadoff hitter Starling Marte and Gaby Sanchez added two hits.
Source: Associated PressBurnett Wins 3rd Straight, Bucs Top Nationals, 3-1 by Sam Greenberg