Locke bounces back, Pirates beat Cubs 3-1

Locke bounces back, Pirates beat Cubs 3-1

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By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night.

Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.

Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with an RBI double for Pittsburgh. Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI single.

Chris Rusin (2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings for the Cubs.

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