Bur­nett can’t solve Braves in messy start

The Covington News - - WORLD -

AT­LANTA (AP) — A.J. Bur­nett was vis­i­bly up­set with him­self as he walked to the dugout af­ter the last out of the fifth in­ning. It was easy to see why. “Six runs in five in­nings pretty much nails it on the head,” Bur­nett said. “I was in counts where I should have made pitches and I didn’t. That’s the bot­tom line.”

Bur­nett gave up nine straight two-out hits, and the Philadel­phia Phillies failed to score af­ter the sixth in a 6-4 loss to the At­lanta Braves on Fri­day night.

Ja­son Hey­ward home­red and drove in two runs, and An­drel­ton Sim­mons had two RBIs for the Braves, who won their third straight game to take a one-game lead over Wash­ing­ton in the NL East.

Last-place Philadel­phia dropped 11 games be­hind At­lanta af­ter los­ing its third straight.

“Not the start we wanted for the sec­ond half,” Phillies man­ager Ryne Sand­berg said. “We had some good at-bats, though. I felt good jump­ing out with the two runs early. They came right back with four runs.”

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