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MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Kansas City 2

MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Kansas City 2
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 2, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

PITTSBURGH, June 10 (UPI) -- A.J. Burnett won his fifth straight start Sunday, shutting down Kansas City on two runs over 7 1/3 innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 interleague victory.

Burnett (6-2) held the Royals hitless until the sixth inning, finishing with two runs allowed on five hits with six strikeouts.

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Relievers Tony Watson and Juan Cruz closed out the eighth inning and Jason Grilli earned his first save of the season for the Bucs, who swept the three-game interleague series at PNC Park.

Andrew McCutchen socked a two-run homer and drove in three runs for Pittsburgh, which improved to 7-2 in June.

Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-6) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits over five full frames.

Alcides Escobar collected a pair of hits and drove in a run for Kansas City.

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