PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates brought their power game to Citizens Bank Park, introducing a pitcher making his major league debut to the rigors of facing a big league lineup.
The Phillies left their power bats at home, but they didn't need them to end the Pirates' three-game winning streak with 3-2 win Monday night. The Phillies scratched out three runs without an extra-base hit and took advantage of singles, walks and a wild pitch against A.J. Burnett.
"The guy threw everything but the kitchen sink at them tonight on a night when his stuff wasn't crisp," manager Clint Hurdle said. "After the first inning that was a wrestling match."
Jared Hughes allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth inning in a two-out rally. Hughes walked Erik Kratz and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera. Jimmy Rollins singled to right to score Kratz. Rollins went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
LHP Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.46).
- Key matchup:
Locke vs. the long ball. He has allowed four home runs in 15 2/3 innings this season.
- Hidden stat:
Clint Barmes is 4 for 5 in his career against Hamels. Three hits are for extra bases.
"Looking to get a weak ground ball," said Hughes, who took the loss for the second time in five games.
Burnett had to work, his pitch count ballooning, and left the game after five innings. His wild pitch in the third inning allowed the Phillies' first run to score, and a hit batsman with the bases loaded in the fourth gave them their second.
"A hit batter and a wild pitch to get the two runs to come across the plate, you've got to be more effective than that," Burnett said.
Burnett allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. He threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes, and struck out seven batters, giving him a National League-leading 42 in 29 innings this season.
"At times I had [control]," Burnett said. "At times I didn't. I left it out there. You hate going five innings. You've got to give the bullpen more, you've got to go further in games."
Burnett walked Jonathan Pettibone, the pitcher, to lead off bottom of the third, and it burned him. Rollins' single advanced Pettibone to second, and Pettibone took third when John Mayberry Jr. grounded to short. Burnett threw a wild pitch to Chase Utley that allowed Pettibone to score and tie the score, 1-1.
Burnett worked in traffic all night but put himself in all kinds of trouble in the fourth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with none out, but the bottom of the order was due up. Kratz struck out after a 10-pitch at-bat, and Pettibone went down swinging. On the verge of escape, Burnett hit Rollins to force home a run.
Burnett threw 35 pitches in the fourth inning. He threw only nine in the fifth, but Hurdle removed him.
"It's a sign of a pretty good pitcher when he doesn't have his best stuff and he doesn't do that well, and he leaves the game and it's 2-2 in the fifth," Hurdle said.
Burnett wanted to pitch deeper but understood the situation.
"[Hurdle] had to come talk me into that one," Burnett said. "He's right, he made all the right points, and I love him to death for it. I just want to go back out there to give the guys down there another inning, but it's early, and you respect the moves that he makes. I had a lot of pitches, and it was a grind all night."
Pettibone made his major league debut Monday night. In 26 starts between Class AA and Class AAA in 2012, Pettibone, 22, compiled a 3.10 ERA in 159 2/3 innings. Pettibone's father, Jay, was a professional pitcher. In 1984, while playing for the Class AA Orlando Twins, Jay Pettibone played for current Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
Pettibone did not walk a batter in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, both home runs, and striking out six.
Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered, but those were the only runs the Pirates scored.
Alvarez lined Pettibone's 1-0 changeup just over the wall in right field near the foul pole for his third home run of the season in the second inning.
Martin hit his second homer of the season in the fifth. Pettibone grooved a 3-2 fastball, and Martin was ready for it, tying the score, 2-2.
Martin went 2 for 3 and extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Bill Brink: email@example.com and Twitter @BrinkPG. First Published April 23, 2013 4:00 AM