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His 150th career victory was a tough one.
As Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said, Burnett battled.
“I’m tired of hearing the word ‘battled,’” Burnett said with a smile. “But it’s the truth, so you’ve got to say it.”
Although the veteran right-hander has been less than sharp in several starts, he’s 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA.
“I’ve been able to make a pitch here or there to minimize the damage,” he said.
That was the case all night for the Phillies, who gave up eight bases on balls. Jonathan Papelbon walked two and gave up an RBI single by Garrett Jones in the ninth before retiring Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the final out and his 12th save in 13 chances.
Jimmy Rollins homered for the second game in a row to put the Phillies ahead to stay. They began the night ranked 26th in the majors in homers, but they’ve hit seven in the past three games - all wins - while scoring 26 runs.
Burnett doubled for his first extra-base hit since 2005 and scored.
John Mayberry Jr. hit for him in the sixth and delivered a two-out, two-run single. Mayberry has seven RBIs in nine at-bats as a pinch hitter this year.
The victory provided some consolation for the Phillies, who learned Tuesday that ace Cliff Lee will be sidelined at least a couple of weeks with a mild elbow strain.
Burnett, who pitched for the Marlins from 1999 to 2005, won his first start at Marlins Park despite struggling with his command. He walked four and needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, but he departed with a 4-3 lead.
The Phillies said umpire Will Little’s strike zone was part of the problem.
“It makes you wonder how many years you’ve got to pitch to get a call,” Burnett said. “They were very, very close, but you put it behind you.”
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