Jeff Locke shines as Pirates down Cardinals

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Jeff Locke tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubbermatch of a three-game series Wednesday at PNC Park.

Locke (6-3) gave up six hits with two walks and three strikeouts as the Pirates moved within one game of the second National League Wild Card spot and also inched them 4 1/2 games behind NL Central leader Milwaukee.

Ike Davis hit a two-run homer while Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save of the season as the Pirates took two of three to improve to 69-64.

St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright (15-9) took the loss after yielding three runs on eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts as the Cardinals slipped to 71-61.

With the loss, the Cardinals are now 3-5 in Wainwright’s starts since the All-Star break after going 12-4 behind him over the first-half of the season.

Davis powered to Pirates to a two-run homer for a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Holliday drilled a solo shot in the third, but the Pirates got that one back in the bottom of the inning on Andrew McCutchen’s run-scoring sacrifice fly.

The Pirates had a chance to add up to their lead after loading the bases in the fifth with two outs, but Wainwright escaped on Davis’ sharp liner to second baseman Daniel Descalso.

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