Burnett went 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in his first three outings for the Pirates this season, but the 21-year-old left-hander has bounced back to win back-to-back decisions
He earned his first major league victory by holding St. Louis to five hits over six innings in a 3-0 win on June 29. He was less effective Sunday, but beat the Brewers 6-2 after yielding two runs and nine hits in six innings.
“I really didn’t have my good sinker today. But I threw a couple of good changeups when I needed to and battled,” said Burnett, who struck out four and walked none.
“It’s key for me to compete at this level and battle when I don’t have my best stuff. This is a good mark for me. Now I know I can help the team win even when I don’t have my best stuff. It’s definitely a positive.”
Since winning a season-high 10 games straight games, the Pirates have dropped two of three, including a 2-1 loss to the Expos in the series opener Thursday. Craig Wilson scored the lone run for Pittsburgh on an error by shortstop Orlando Cabrera.
Brian Schneider hit a tiebreaking home run for the Expos, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Montreal had lost seven of its previous 10 games.
Tony Batista drove in the other run for Montreal, and needs one more hit to reach 1,000 for his career. Batista has hit in seven straight games, batting .357 (10-for-28) during that stretch.
Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 was retired on Hiram Bithorn Stadium’s right-field wall in a brief ceremony before the game Thursday. The Puerto Rican native batted .317 and collected 3,000 hits in 18 seasons with the Pirates (1955-72).