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St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  A.J. Burnett  battled the  elements and 
limited  the St. Louis Cardinals to just a run over nine strong innings as the 
Philadelphia  Phillies continued  their winning  ways with  a 5-1  decision on 
Friday. 

Despite  a 50-minute rain  delay at the start of the game and a swarm of moths 
that covered nearly the entire field, Burnett (5-6) kept his focus and allowed 
seven hits and a walk en route to his first complete game of the season. 

Burnett's  last  complete game  came in a  5-1 win over  the Rockies on August 
4  of last season  while pitching for the Pirates. It was his only nine-inning 
start in 2013. 

Marlon  Byrd homered  for the Phillies, winners in a season-high five straight 
games.  John Mayberry  had a pair of  hits and scored twice, and Jimmy Rollins 
drove in two. 

Rollins went 1-for-4, giving him exactly one hit in 14 straight games. His 14- 
game hit streak matches his longest since 2007. 

Jaime  Garcia (3-1)  was charged  with four  runs on  seven hits  in five-plus 
innings, absorbing his first loss of the season. 

The top of the Cardinals order manufactured the game's first run in the bottom 
of  the  third inning. After Burnett  plunked Matt Carpenter with a pitch, Jon 
Jay  singled to  put runners on the corners and Matt Holliday plated Carpenter 
with a poke to center. 

Holliday and Yadier Molina each had two of the seven Cardinals hits. 

Philadelphia  claimed the  lead for good two innings later, with three doubles 
in  four batters making  it 2-1 in favor of the visitors. Mayberry led off the 
frame with a two-bagger and moved to third on Cody Asche's groundout to first. 
Burnett  then helped himself,  crushing a double off the wall in center to tie 
the  score. Jimmy Rollins' sharp grounder down the third base line was touched 
by a fan for a ground-rule double and a 2-1 Phillies lead. 

Byrd  padded  the cushion  an inning later,  leading off with  a solo homer to 
left.  Domonic Brown  followed with a double, chasing Garcia from the contest, 
but  reliever Seth  Maness did not fare much better. Mayberry greeted him with 
an  RBI single  to center, and Rollins' sacrifice fly three batters later made 
it 5-1. 

Burnett  didn't  strike out a batter  until the seventh inning, when he fanned 
Kolten   Wong  and  Daniel  Descalso  back-to-back.  He  finished  with  three 
punchouts, the last of which came on Jhonny Peralta with one away in the ninth 
inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

Burnett pitched the 24th complete game of his career ... The Phillies have won 
nine  of  11 ...  Philadelphia is  on its first  five-game road winning streak 
since  a six-gamer in  May, 2012 ... Asche was activated off the disabled list 
earlier  in the  day. He hadn't played  since May 22 with a strained hamstring 
... St. Louis has dropped three in a row. 

 
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