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Locke, Bucs’ bullpen shut out Phillies

Jeff Locke outdueled Cole Hamels with six shutout innings, the Pirates bullpen added three scoreless frames and Gaby Sanchez homered as the Bucs topped the Phils 2-0 Tuesday night.

Locke struck out six in his strongest outing of the season, and newly recalled Brandon Inge drove in a run to help propel the Bucs to their 11th win of the season.

Starling Marte started off the game with a single and then stole 2nd base for his 3rd swipe of the season and immediately the Pirates were threatening. Although Phillies starter Hamels went 8 strong innings, the Pirates racked up seven hits along the way.

The game was scoreless through three innings but after an infield single to start the fourth by Neil Walker, Inge stepped up to the plate. Inge was first pitch swinging and clubbed a double to deep right center field. The shot was more then far enough for Walker to score from first to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.

The Phillies looked to be threatening in the bottom half of the frame as John Mayberry Jr. tripled to lead off the inning. After a pitch hit Dom Brown, the Phills had runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out. However the threat was extinguished quickly when Ben Revere grounded into a fielder’s choice and Mayberry was thrown out at home. Erik Kratz then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The next three innings were pretty quiet and Locke struck out the final two batters he faced to end the sixth inning. Locke pitched six scoreless innings to pick up his 2nd win of the young season.

The eighth inning started off with a fly out by Andrew McCutchen, who finished the game 0-4. However, Sanchez gave the Pirates their insurance run with a blast to right. Mark Melancon allowed two hits in the bottom of the 8th but escaped the inning unscathed and closer Jason Grilli retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the ninth. The 1-2-3 inning helped Grilli to capture his eighth save of the season.

The Pirates and the Phillies will play the third game of the four game series Wednesday night at 7:05. Wandy Rodriguez and Roy Halladay are the scheduled pitchers. 

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