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Pirates’ Locke improves to 8-1 as Pittsburgh beats Philadelphia

Jeff Locke ran his winning streak to eight games, Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates hung on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, last night.

Locke (8-1), a Kennett High graduate, was scored upon for the first time in four home starts but extended his unbeaten streak to 16 outings. Locke, who hasn’t lost since his first start of the season, allowed two earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2∕3 innings.

The Pirates took the lead with a four-run fifth punctuated by Alvarez’s 21st home run.

MARLINS 6, BRAVES 3

Ricky Nolasco tossed seven strong innings amid persistent trade rumors, Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer and Miami beat Atlanta.

Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said before the game that Nolasco has not been affected by trade speculation and the right-hander supported that claim by giving up only two runs on six hits.

BREWERS 4, NATIONALS 1

Kyle Lohse tossed eight sharp innings on short rest and Milwaukee shut down Bryce Harper and Co. for the second straight night in a win over Washington.

Lohse (4-6) allowed one run and four hits, and had a season-high seven strikeouts against the eager-swinging Nationals, who barely avoided back-to-back shutouts and fell back to .500. Harper, in his third game back from a knee injury, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and dropped a ball in left field for the second consecutive game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 2

Max Scherzer worked into the seventh inning to become the first pitcher in 27 years to get off to a 13-0 start, leading Detroit over Toronto.

Alex Avila hit a three-run homer and Victor Martinez belted a solo shot as Detroit beat Toronto for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Scherzer (13-0) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked one in 6 1∕3 innings. He is the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.

ORIOLES 4, WHITE SOX 2

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, and then added a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth for Baltimore.

Scott Feldman pitched six solid innings in his debut for the Orioles, who held on to win for the fifth time in six games after the White Sox threatened against Jim Johnson.

Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger singled with one out in the ninth, putting men on first and second. Johnson struck out Gordon Beckham looking and retired pinch hitter Jordan Danks on a bouncer to the mound for his 29th save in 34 attempts.

Darren O’Day (4-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Tommy Hunter worked the eighth before Johnson dodged that jam in the ninth. Matt Lindstrom (2-3) got the loss.

Feldman looked sharp after he was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits.

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