Burnett can’t solve Braves in messy start
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.”