PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pittsburgh's pitching staff continues to shine this season. Entering game action, the staff ERA of 3.33 ranked No. 3 in the Majors, second in the National League trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.90). The bullpen's 2.47 ERA is the best in the N.L.

"Very impressive pitching all night tonight on the mound," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.

Right-hander A.J. Burnett made his seventh start of the season on Friday night at PNC Park, although from the get-go, it looked like it could have been a short outing. Burnett needed 27 pitches to get through the first. A one-out infield single to Starlin Castro started the frame and Joe Mather followed with a single into shallow right field. Burnett whiffed his next two batters, including Alfonso Soriano swinging on an 0...

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