Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A.J. Burnett reached a franchise milestone, and Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, as Pittsburgh topped Philadelphia, 5-4, in the finale of a four-game series.
Burnett (9-2) became the first Pirates hurler since Dock Ellis in 1974 to win eight straight starts. The veteran right-hander allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Pedro Alvarez also homered, while Garrett Jones finished with two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who earned a split in the set after dropping the first two games.
Erik Kratz hit a two-run shot, while Hunter Pence and Placido Polanco knocked in a run each for the Phillies, who completed a 10-game homestand at 5-5.
Kyle Kendrick (2-8) settled down after the first, but was charged with six hits and five runs over seven full frames in defeat.