Locke Keeps Pirates In Wild-Card Hunt With 9 Ks

CBS Pittsburgh

By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte had turned toward a crowd of media at his locker when a passing teammate cracked a one-liner about the soft-spoken outfielder.

“What do they think they’ll get out of Marte,” he asked.

In words, maybe not much.

At the plate, enough to keep Pittsburgh in the hunt for a second straight playoff spot.

Marte hit a two-run homer and fell a triple short of the cycle to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night.

Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates go up 1 1-2 games on Milwaukee and Atlanta for the second wild card.

“The second wild card has opened up so many opportunities for so many teams, so many cities,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s been so exciting for fans. For more teams to try and…

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