ATLANTA - A.J. Burnett hasn't won at Turner Field in more than a decade.
That streak remained intact, thanks to a couple of untimely walks and some timely hits by the Atlanta Braves.
Tommy Hanson allowed one run in six innings, Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones came through in a four-run seventh that broke open a close game, and the streaking Braves defeated Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Friday night.
Burnett (1-1) went six innings for the Pirates, allowing just two runs but losing for the eighth time in nine career decisions at the Ted.
"You're always one pitch away from getting out of jams," he moaned.
Burnett matched Hanson's line as far as hits (six) and walks (three). But the Braves manufactured a couple of runs against the Pittsburgh right-hander, who hasn't won at Turner Field since Oct. 7, 2001, with the Marlins. This was his sixth straight loss in Atlanta.
The Braves pounced when Tyler Pastornicky walked in the third. Hanson put down a sacrifice bunt, the runner moved to third on Michael Bourn's groundout, and Martin Prado came through with the two-out single to right. Atlanta was even more resourceful in the fourth.
Jason Heyward walked with two outs, stole second and raced home when Pastornicky lined a hit into right-center, the ball just clearing the glove of leaping second baseman Neil Walker.
"It was an all right game, a few pitches here and there," Burnett said. "But the walks. The walks killed me."