When the Pirates have had struggles or been battling through a losing streak, A.J. Burnett was the stopper for Pittsburgh. Burnett entered game action having won four straight decisions and 13 of his last 14. When the team needed a pick me up, the veteran right-hander was the stopper for the club.
Burnett looked to become the Pirates first 15 game winner since Todd Ritchie in 1999. But Padres' starter Jason Marquis was near hitless and the two-sided Burnett sent the Pirates their third straight loss. Not since June 24-26 had Pittsburgh lost three straight games.
After needing just four pitches to retire his first two batters, Chase Headley took the fifth pitch thrown by Burnett and deposited it into the seats in right center field. It marked the third home run from Headley in his las...
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