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Burnett endures night to forget

The Sports Xchange
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--RHP A.J. Burnett absorbed the worst beating of his major league career in allowing 12 runs over 2 2/3 innings of the 12-3 loss Wednesday night in St. Louis. He gave up 12 hits, including two three-run home runs by Carlos Beltran. The previous Pittsburgh pitcher to give up 12 runs was Glenn Spencer on April 24, 1932 at Chicago's Wrigley Field, but Spencer's came over eight innings.

--3B Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat in going 2-for-3 with a walk and scoring all three of the Pirates' runs. Maybe more noteworthy, manager Clint Hurdle has gained enough confidence to bump Alvarez up to No. 5 in the order for the first time all season.

--RF Jose Tabata saw his seven-game hitting streak end Wednesday, by far his best stretch of a season in which his average still is just .221. He batted .367 (13-for-37) during the streak, and he belted his first home run Tuesday in St. Louis.

--LHP Erik Bedard, the Pirates' starter Thursday and their best pitcher in April with a 2.48 ERA that dwarfed his 1-4 record, is loving life in the senior circuit. Including his interleague starts while in the American League, he has a 1.96 ERA in 23 career starts against the National League.

--OF Adalberto Santos, the top hitter in the system so far this season with a .396 average and .484 on-base percentage with Class AA Altoona, was placed on the minor league disabled list because of a sprained right knee.

BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Errors by the Pirates in the past six games after none in the previous six.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I've been able to put some good wood on some balls. I'm just strong out there. Ready to hit every time." -- 3B Pedro Alvarez, on his current tear that includes eight extra-base hits in the past week.

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