Burnett went 7 2/3 innings before Cubs rookie pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas broke-up his no hit bid in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over the Cubs. After the Bucs allowed a season high 14 runs in the first game of the series against Chicago, Pittsburgh took an early lead in the first and shut out Chicago to earn the win.
Burnett pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit while striking out eight batters and earning his 13th win. It was Burnett’s 10th career shutout and first since 2006.
Bucs’ bats got to work early in the top of the first inning. Travis Snider had his first hit since traded from the Blue Jays Tuesday, beating out an infield single. Andrew McCutchen advanced Snider to second with a single and a Garrett Jones walked loaded the bases. With one out, Neil Walker came to the plate and launched a grand slam to right center field, clearing the bases and giving Pittsburgh an early 4-0 lead.
The Pirates added another run to the board in the seventh. Snider reached first on a leadoff walk and advanced to third when McCutchen doubled on a line drive to center field. Walker’s sacrifice fly to left field sent Snider home to give the Bucs a 5-0 lead going into the stretch.
Burnett was just four outs away from earning his second career no-hitter when Cardenas stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth. On the 3-2 pitch with two outs, Cardenas earned a base-hit off a line drive to right field, ending the no-hit bid. Burnett retired the last four Cubs’ batters he faced to end the game.
The Pirates will take on the Cubs for the final game of the series Wednesday at 2:20 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh will start Jeff Karstens (3-2, 3.88 ERA) and Chicago will start Travis Wood (4-6, 4.98 ERA).