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PHILADELPHIA — A.J. Burnett's injury helped him improve his pitching.

Burnett allowed three hits over seven innings, Ben Revere drove in former Pasco High standout Domonic Brown with a single with two outs in the eighth and the Phillies beat the Braves 1-0 Thursday.

In his first start since learning he'll need surgery for an inguinal hernia, Burnett struck out five to outpitch Alex Wood.

Wood became the 10th Braves starter in the first 15 games to allow one run or none, and had his first complete game in 15 career starts.

But Wood failed to execute a sacrifice bunt with a runner on second and no outs in the eighth.

"I think I lost the game for us by not getting the bunt down," Wood said. "That's inexcusable. I thought I threw the ball well."

Burnett said of his injury: "It's going to be a blessing in disguise. It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy."

Burnett received a cortisone injection Monday and plans to have an operation after the season. He has to wait another five days to try for his first win with the Phillies.

"He had better command," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He had a shorter stride and looked more effortless. (The injury) might be a good thing."

Brown led off the eighth with a single. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Revere's hit up the middle.

Brown gave Revere a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame interview.

"I found a good pitch to hit and found a hole," said Revere, who had his third three-hit game of the season.

Winner Antonio Bastardo worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five tries.

Sandberg successfully challenged a call in the fifth inning when Andrelton Simmons was ruled out trying to steal second. Simmons overslid on a headfirst dive, and reached back to touch the base as shortstop Jimmy Rollins lunged to tag him. The replay showed Rollins tagged Simmons in time.

Phillies 1

Braves 0

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