After slowing down one of the hottest teams in the majors, the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of their longest win streak of the season.
A.J. Burnett will try to deliver that fourth straight victory while building on a superb outing Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pittsburgh has won nine of 12 since its 1-5 start and took three of four over Atlanta to wrap up this past week. The Braves entered that series with baseball's best record (12-2) and won 6-4 in Thursday's series opener at PNC Park.
The Pirates (10-8) then outscored Atlanta 13-3 over the final three games and Clint Barmes broke out of an 0-for-14 slump in a 4-2 win Sunday with a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaking one in the sixth inning.
"We're capable of playing very good baseball, and we just did that on this (nine-game) homestand," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's website.
Hurdle's team will try to keep rolling on a 10-game road trip and Burnett (1-2, 2.63 ERA) will attempt to he...