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Wednesday, August 21st (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-51) at San Diego Padres (56-70), 6:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Gerrit Cole (6-5, 3.88) San Diego - Ian Kennedy (4-9, 5.12)

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates target a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres Wednesday at Petco Park.

The Pirates have held the Padres to a run in each of the first two portions of this set and recorded an 8-1 victory on Tuesday. Neil Walker homered, Josh Harrison had three RBI and Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, winners in four of seven games. McCutchen has eight RBI over his last nine contests.

Pittsburgh pushed its NL Central lead to two games over St. Louis after the Cardinals lost to Milwaukee on Tuesday.

A.J. Burnett bounced back from a rough slew of starts and delivered seven innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts and one walk.

"I had guys diving left and right behind me today and swinging the bat," Burnett said. "It's just fun to see everyone in this room contribute. That's what's going on right now. I'm glad I was a part of it tonight."

Pirates young starter Gerrit Cole tries to follow in Burnett's footsteps when he takes the mound Wednesday. Cole ended a three-start winless drought (0-2) his last time out in a 6-2 win over Arizona, as he limited the Diamondbacks to a pair of runs in six innings.

Cole is 6-5 in 12 starts with a 3.88 ERA and has never faced San Diego.

The Padres have lost two straight, five of seven and 10 of their last 14 games. In Tuesday's seven-run loss, starter Tyson Ross was reached for five runs, four earned, in 6 1/3 innings to suffer the defeat.

Jedd Gyorko homered to supply the offense for San Diego, which dropped to 2-4 on a 10-game homestand. The Padres mustered just four hits off Burnett and six total on the night.

"We are scuffling swinging the bats, but Burnett, being a veteran pitcher, he had some fastballs with movement tonight to both sides of the plate," Padres manager Bud Black said. "With the breaking ball, it was a good combination."

Ian Kennedy will make his fourth start for San Diego since coming over via trade with Arizona and is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in the first three outings. Kennedy lost to the New York Mets on Friday and gave up five run in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-2 setback.

Kennedy, who was 3-8 in 21 starts for the D'backs, has faced Pittsburgh four times (all starts) in his career, going 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA.

The Padres have still won 18 of their past 23 meetings with the Pirates and won all three encounters at home in this series last year.

08/21 10:42:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
 
6:30pm Tonight
NCSU
ND
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
4th
CLE 94
OKC 84
 
6:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
6:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAC
6:00pm Tonight
ATL
MIN
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
DET
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MIL
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
 
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
 
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
2nd
PITT 39
LOU 52
 
2nd
ILLST 46
NIOWA 41
 
Half
GTDNS 35
UMBC 22
 
1st
IONA 30
NIAG 18
 
6:30pm Tonight
TENST
BEL
 
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NCSU
ND
7:00pm Tonight
VILL
CREI
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MD
NW
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
1st
TEAMFOLI 1
TEAMTOEWS 0
 
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN