A.J. Burnett pitched a one-hitter, Neil Walker drove in five runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 5-0 on Tuesday night, hours after the Cubs traded ace Ryan Dempster.
Burnett just about stole the spotlight after the Cubs traded their best pitcher to Texas just before the non-waiver deadline. His bid for a second career no-hitter and the sixth in the majors this season ended with two outs in the eighth.
He had already hit Darwin Barney in the helmet with one out before striking out Luis Valbuena, but his no-hit bid ended at the hands of a rookie when pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lined a 3-2 pitch to right for a single after two close pitches were called balls.
Burnett appeared to be yelling at the umpire afterward, but he struck out David DeJesus with runners on first and third to end the inning. That’s probably not much consolation for the veteran, who pitched a no-hitter for the Marlins against San Diego on May 12, 2001.
Burnett sure made it interesting, though. He struck out eight and walked two, just missing the eighth no-hitter in franchise history.
He retired the first 11 batters before walking Anthony Rizzo.Casey Coleman, meanwhile, had a rough night after being recalled from the minors. Pitching in Dempster’s place, he lasted just 42/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.
Royals 8, Indians 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Alcides Escobar drove in three runs and Luke Hochevar pitched six solid innings as Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak.
Escobar had two hits for his 34th multihit game, raising his average to a team-leading .307.
Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon had three hits each, and Chris Getz had two hits and drove in two runs.
The Royals scored all their runs in the first three innings.
Hochevar settled down after giving up three runs over the second and third innings.
One run scored on Johnny Damon’s infield single in the second when Hochevar failed to cover first base.
In the third, Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Hochevar’s wild pitch.
Hochevar (7-9) gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six.
The Royals broke open the game with a five-run third, highlighted by Getz’s two-run double and Escobar’s RBI triple.
The third was one shy of the club’s biggest inning this season.
Indians starter Derek Lowe (8-10) failed to finish the third and balked in a run. Lowe was pulled after allowing seven runs on eight hits, two walks and a balk in 21/3 innings.
In his past three starts, Lowe is 0-3 with a 15.88 ERA, allowing 20 earned runs and 23 hits in 111/3 innings. Since starting the season 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA on May 15, Lowe is 2-9 and his ERA has climbed to 5.52.
Lorenzo Cain, who also had two hits, had a run-producing single in the first. In the second, Escobar’s single to right scored Getz and Dyson.
Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo struck out four times.