(BaseballStL) -- In his 18th career start against the St. Louis Cardinals, Phillies starter AJ Burnett threw a one-run complete game win with a steady helping of fastballs.
Burnett gave up seven hits, he walked one and struck out just three batters, but it was enough to beat the Redbirds 5-1. Following the game, shortstop Jimmy Rollins was happy to watch the complete game from his particular vantage point.
"First time I've seen it on this side of the ball," he said, "I've seen it on the other side of the ball. But what was most impressive is he's a fastball-curveball guy. He didn't have his curveball tonight, but he threw his change-up effectively."
The Cardinals scored their only run in the third inning on an RBI single from Matt Holliday. And the Cards had chances against Burnett, even in the third, with Jon Jay and Holliday threatening. But Burnett got a ground ball out from Allen Craig and snuffed out any further rally.
Burnett forced 15 ground ball outs against the Redbirds Friday, including two double plays.
"We just couldn't get anything going offensively," manager Mike Matheny said following the game, "We just couldn't get the big hit."
Yadier Molina had two of the Cardinals seven hits on the night, a double and a single. It was the backstops first multi-hit game since June 11, but he hit his first double since May 28 against the Yankees.
"I mean we're trying. We're definitely trying," Molina added, "But we're facing good pitchers. You've got to take your hat off to AJ, he threw a good game today."
But Burnett also helped out his team with an RBI, only the 14th of his career, on his second double of the season.