Cards No-Hit into 7th before 5-0 LossPITTSBURGH (AP) - A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, pitching the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals last night.
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Burnett (1-2) lost his bid with two outs in the seventh on Carlos Beltran's double to right-center. That was the lone hit given up by the 36-year-old right-hander in seven dominant innings.
The only other runner he allowed came when he hit Daniel Descalso with a 2-2 pitch with one out in the sixth to end his shot at a perfect game. Burnett struck out eight to raise his season total to 35 in 24 innings.
His bid for a no-hitter came on a night when he recorded the 2,000th strikeout of his 15-year career. Burnett reached the milestone when he caught Beltran looking to lead off the second inning in Pittsburgh.
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