Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/8/12

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise.

Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park.

That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record, into the break with a 48-37 record, their highest point above .500 since that 1992 season that saw the last winning record and last playoff appearance. They've also won 22 of their past 33.

Walker's average was at .256 on June 26, but his two-week tear has it up to .291 and closer to his career norms. He doubled in his opening at-bat, hit his sixth home run - which landed in the landscaping well beyond straightaway center - in the third, then roped singles in his next three at-bats. It was his second career five-hit game, the other coming in 2010.

McCutchen capped an MVP-type first half with a two-run home run in the first inning to right-center, then hit a nearly identical shot in the seventh. He entered the break with a .360 average, best in the National League, as well as 18 home runs and 60 RBIs.

McCutchen, one of two Pittsburgh All-Stars, was chosen Sunday as a replacement for the Home Run Derby Monday night in Kansas City, Mo. He said his girlfriend had to talk him into accepting.

"You look at the guys who are in the Home Run Derby and they're guys who hit 40, 50 home runs," said McCutchen, who hit a career-high 23 last season. "They're big guys who can drive the ball 500 feet. I'm not the person who's going to hit a ball 500 feet. I never thought I'd be in a Home Run Derby. Ever."

San Francisco, in contrast to the home team, fell out of first place during a 1-5 road trip through Washington and Pittsburgh, the lone victory coming Friday. The Giants have lost seven of their past nine.

Tim Lincecum's season-long struggles continued. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and seven hits in falling to 3-10 with a 6.42 ERA. For now, the Giants are standing behind the two-time Cy Young winner.

Pablo Sandoval's two-run home run in the seventh accounted for San Francisco's offense, but it was already 10-0 at that point.

Pittsburgh's Casey McGehee was injured immediately after hitting a two-run single deep into the left-center gap, pulling up on the basepaths with what the team described as a mildly strained left groin. There was no immediate word on whether he might be ready after the break.

NOTES: Burnett (10-2) became the Pirates' fifth pitcher in the past 25 years to achieve 10 wins by the break, joining Neal Heaton (1990), Randy Tomlin (1992), Bob Walk (1993) and Kevin Correia (2011). He held the Giants to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 3.68.

... The Pirates' 29-14 record at home, including 21-6 since May 12, is the best in the majors. ... ... The Giants' Melky Cabrera, chasing McCutchen for the league batting lead, went 1-for-3 to close out at .353.

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