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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke (49) delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Locke a hard-luck loser for Bucs


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates turned to Jeff Locke on Sunday and Locke delivered. The same can’t be said of the Bucs’ offense.

Locke, of Conway, N.H., allowed only one run over seven innings after being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. But Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo was even better, holding Pittsburgh scoreless over seven innings in a 1-0 Brewers win.

Locke, called up when righty Gerrit Cole went on the 15-day disabled list, limited the NL-Central Division leaders to three hits and one walk. He fanned five.Locke, a 10-game winner and an All-Star last year before fading, credited his ability to locate pitches for his success Sunday. “You don’t have to throw it very hard, you just have to hit the right spot,” Locke said. “You don’t have to be perfect on every pitch but if you put it in the right spot, good things can happen.”

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