A.J. Burnett followed up Francisco Liriano’s seven strong innings with his own quality start. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins.
“Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.”
The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just one run Tuesday night in the Bucs’ 8-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Coming off his worst two-start combination of the year, allowing five earned runs in each outing, the veteran sliced through the Padres’ lineup for his first road win since June 8.
“Man, I don’t even remember the last start,” Burnett said. “I had guys diving left and right behind me today.”
It was also Burnett’s first victory in San Diego since his 2001 no-hitter at Qualcomm Stadium. The Padres’ dro