For the first couple innings of Saturday night’s game, it looked as though the Cincinnati Reds had properly shifted the momentum of their win Friday into the next day’s game. Brandon Phillips scored on a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first, and Zack Cozart homered leading off the second for a two-run lead at the expense of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
"That’s kind of the only pitch that I ran back the middle. He put a good swing on it and jumped on one," Burnett said. "Sometimes you’ve gotta be woken up and I was woken up early."
A.J. Burnett dominated for most of seven innings, as he accumulated over 57 percent of his outs via strikeouts. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The wake-up call to Burnett worked as the Pirates assumed control while Burnett found his mojo en route to 12 st...
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