PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. Burnett’s injury helped him improve his pitching.
Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Thursday afternoon.
In his first start since learning he’ll need surgery for an inguinal hernia, Burnett struck out five to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2).
Atlanta’s Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier.
“It’s going to be a blessing in disguise,” Burnett said of the injury. “It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy.”
Burnett received a cortisone injection on Monday and the right-hander plans to wait until the offseason to have an operation. He has to wait another five days to try for his first win with the Phillies.
“He had better command,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He had a shorter stride and looked more effortless. (The injury) might be a good thing.”
Dominic Brown led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Revere’s hit up the middle.
Brown then gave Revere a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame interview.
“I found a good pitch to hit and found a hole,” said Revere, who had his third three-hit game of the season.
Antonio Bastardo (2-1) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five tries.
Sandberg successfully challenged a call in the fifth inning when Andrelton Simmons was ruled out trying to steal second base. Simmons overslid the bag on a headfirst dive, and reached back to touch the base as shortstop Jimmy Rollins lunged to tag him. The replay showed Rollins tagged Simmons before he got his hand in safely.
After Sandberg walked onto the field, he turned to bench coach Larry Bowa for direction. But Bowa just threw his hands up and shrugged after talking to the team’s video coach on the phone.
“That’s not what I was looking for,” Sandberg said with a smile. “I looked at him again and he wouldn’t look at me. He wasn’t much help. Fifth inning. Runner on second. Let’s take a shot.”
Dodgers 2, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO — Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a sweep against San Francisco.
Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings, helping his club move into a tie with the Giants atop the NL West at 10-6. Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out RBI single to Adrianza before finishing for his fifth save.
Rockies 3, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO — Franklin Morales allowed four hits in six innings and Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking groundout in a three-run seventh, lifting Colorado.
Morales (1-1) allowed a solo homer to Xavier Nady leading off the fourth, a drive off the facing of the second deck in left field, and Ian Kennedy (1-2) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh.
Corey Dickerson reached on a one-out double, Troy Tulowitzki walked and Justin Morneau lined a ball to right field. Chris Denorfia broke in, then retreated as the ball went over him for an RBI double.
Rosario grounded out to shortstop as Tulowitzki scored for a 2-1 lead, and Nolan Arenado followed with a run-scoring single.
Making his second career start against the Padres — and first at San Diego since allowing one hit in six shutout innings on Sept. 21, 2007 — Morales struck out five and walked one.
Cardinals 8, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON — Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington.
Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond’s infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche’s single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three. During one dominant stretch, the runner-up for the 2013 NL Cy Young award retired 18 consecutive batters.
This was the right-hander’s 17th complete game and his fourth two-hitter.
Pirates 11, Brewers 2
PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss.
Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh’s nine-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Alvarez’s sixth of the year.
McCutchen, last year’s NL MVP, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in his 57th at-bat.
Gaby Sanchez also connected while Alvarez, Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer each had two of the Pirates’ 12 hits.