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Pirates shut out in New York

The Pirates managed just three hits and Jeff Locke was pummelled for 9 hits and 5 runs in three-plus innings as the Bucs were eliminated from playoff contention with a 6-0 loss to the Mets in New York.

One night after putting up eight runs, the Pirates were shutout by another struggling pitcher. Pedro Alvarez accounted for two of the Pirates three hits as the Pittsburgh offense couldn’t manage a run against Mets pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Jeurys Familia.

Jeff Locke was in a very impressive groove through the first two innings, but key defensive errors in the third inning led to his downfall. Garrett Jones started the defensive meltdown by hitting Ruben Tejada with a throw after Locke had picked him off first. The Mets took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by David Wright and later make it 2-0 on a throwing error by Alvarez. Scott Hairston and Kelly Shoppach added RBI hits as the Mets built a 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning. 

The offense continues to be an enigma, managing only three hits against a young pitcher with two career wins coming into this game. On the mound, Locke has just not been consistent, pitching well his first time through the lineup but consistently struggling his second and third times through. The Pirates were looking for more than 3 2/3 from Locke, who is looking to compete for a starting job next year. 

Andrew McCutchen took an 0-4, dropping his average to .334, only one point above Buster Posey in the race for the National League batting title.

The Pirates will play their last road game of the season Thursday afternoon as Kevin Correia (11-10, 4.11) will oppose R.A. Dickey (19-6, 2.66) at 1:10 ET at Citi Field.

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