Phillies' feeble offense spoils Burnett's start

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia offense wasted a good outing by a starter

Former Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco's runs with a double in the ninth inning, and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

One night after blowing just his third save in 26 chances, closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) took the loss.

The Phillies' offense, which ranks near the bottom of the National League in several categories, managed just seven hits, and Philadelphia lost its fourth straight and seventh in eight.

"It's really been the problem we've had the last three games, stranding guys out there," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It came up big tonight."

Pence broke a scoreless tie with a softly hit blooper down the right-field line off Papelbon on a full count with two outs.

"Pence is the guy you want up there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has the knack of putting the ball in the right place."

Whether the last two games have an effect on Papelbon's trade prospects remain to be seen. He has recently been outspoken about his interest in moving to a contender.

"Whatever happens, happens," Papelbon said following Wednesday's game. "I have no control over it."

He dismissed the notion that his value would be diminished by his last two outings.

"If you were to put the entire season into two games, it would be pretty dumb," he said.

Marlon Byrd drove in Philadelphia's run in the ninth off Santiago Casilla, who converted his seventh save in 10 chances.

The game was delayed for 59 minutes by a thunderstorm. Following resumption in the top of the fourth, the game was played in a persistent drizzle that got heavy at times until the rain finally stopped for good in the eighth inning.

Burnett pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out six, walking four and allowing four hits, in a performance that had to have impressed the scouts seated behind home plate. The right-hander has been a rumored acquisition for contending clubs as the Phillies are looking to sell at the trade deadline to get younger.

Bumgarner and Burnett allowed the relievers to rest following Tuesday night's 5-hour, 46-minute marathon in which 16 pitchers were used in the Giants' 9-6, 14-inning victory.

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