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Locke, Pirates’ Bullpen Combine On 4-Hit Shutout

April 24, 2013

Jeff Locke and three Pittsburgh relievers teamed up on a four-hit shutout in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and the Pirates (11-9) blanked the Phillies 2-0.

For Pittsburgh, it was the 10th win in the last 14 games.  The Phillies (9-12) have been blanked in 3 of their last 8 outings.

Locke (2-1) worked six innings, allowed only two hits, struck out six batters and walked two.  He faced only one jam, in the fourth inning with runners on first and third with no outs, but two ground balls later — one which eliminated a runner at home plate, and the second for a double play — and the Phillies’ side was retired.  Tony Watson mowed the side down in the seventh inning, striking out two.  Mark Melancon gave up two eighth-inning hits, but no runs.  Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save in eight opportunities.

Gaby Sanchez slammed a solo home run for the Pirates, and Brandon Inge, in his Pittsburgh debut following his Tuesday call-up from an injury rehabilitation assignment at “AAA” Indianapolis, provided an RBI double.  Sanchez and Starling Marte both recorded two hits.

Cole Hamels (0-3) took the loss for Philadelphia.

Wednesday night, in the third game of a four-game series, the Pirates will send Wandy Rodriguez (2-0) against the Phillies’ Roy Halladay (2-2).

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