A.J. Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher to win 16 games in a season since 1991 in an 8-1 victory against the Astros this afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Burnett allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings to improve his record this season to 16-8. He struck out 11 batters and walked one. Zane Smith (16-10) and John Smiley (20-8) were the last Pirates pitchers to win at least 16 games in a season. It was Burnett's first win since Aug. 16, pitching well in that span but lacking run support. He got it Sunday, one of the few instances in an ugly stretch for the Pirates where pitching and offense played well on the same day. Burnett even got into the action on offense, driving in his second run of the season with an eighth-inning single.