Floyd responded by allowing just one run over 6 2/3 innings in the Phils' 5-1 win. Floyd walked five but worked his way out of jams. Much of Floyd's success came from a pitch that he abandoned in spring training - the two-seam fastball. In spring training the organization wanted the right-hander to rediscover his four-seam fastball and attack with it. He did, and it led to an impressive Grapefruit League stint that earned Floyd a place in the rotation.
However, hitters were catching on to Floyd's flat heater, so he and catcher Sal Fasano talked before the game and decided to give the finesse fastball a whirl.
Lo and behold, it worked.
"I think this is a step forward," Floyd said. "There wasn't anything in particular that was motivating me. I just had a game plan and went with it."
REPLAY: Pat Burrell hit his seventh homer of April and added an RBI double as the Phillies salvaged a 5-1 win over the Pirates on Sunday to avoid being swept by the NL's worst team.
Aaron Rowand had two hits, an RBI and a run, and Jimmy Rollins continued to emerge from a late-April slump with a homer and two walks. Gavin Floyd went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run to pick up his second win of the season. Ryan Franklin and Tom Gordon got the final seven outs to end the Phillies' three-game losing streak.
PHILLIES NOTES & QUOTES
THE NUMBERS GAME: 9.7 and 0.9 - Number of strikeouts and walks per nine innings for RHP Cory Lidle this season (through April 28), making him the only pitcher to rank in the top 10 of both categories in the NL.
HE SAID WHAT? "I'm trying to make contact, obviously. I think a lot of good hitters strike out a good amount, but I also think it's a good sign. I'm happy with the way I feel at the plate." - 3B David Bell, on having struck out just twice in 74 plate appearances this season.