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Gallardo strikes out eight as Brewers outduel Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Yovani Gallardo was pitching so well he just needed one run to get a win. His catcher got him all the support he needed, with some help from an eager fan.

Gallardo pitched seven crisp innings, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and scored on Aramis Ramirez's groundout, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday.

"Yo was outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Just hung in there and made some great pitches, got better as the game went on."

Gallardo (4-4) had a season-high eight strikeouts in his second win in his last three starts. He allowed four hits and walked one.

The Pirates had at least one baserunner in five of Gallardo's seven innings, but the right-hander got sharper as the game progressed.

"I was able to get out of some big situations and make pitches," Gallardo said. "That's always something positive to go from."

Jeff Locke also pitched seven solid innings in a spot start for the Pirates. Locke was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Charlie Morton, who was pushed back a day to Monday.

Pittsburgh also put right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue.

Locke (0-1) struck out five and walked one in his second start of the season. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team last season, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings against San Francisco on May 5.

"He gave us everything we could have asked for him to give us today," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And more."

Locke said he benefited from being "on the same page" with catcher Russell Martin.

"We just knew I was going to pitch my game," he said. "He just put down the right fingers and moved the ball around a little bit."

Lucroy sparked the only scoring sequence of the game when he led off the seventh with a liner down the left-field line that was grabbed by a fan while it was in play. Lucroy was awarded a ground-rule double on the interference.

Lucroy went to second on Carlos Gomez's lineout to center and scored on Ramirez's bouncer to first.

The Pirates then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. But Gallardo struck out pinch-hitter Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison popped out to second to end the inning.

Pittsburgh left 10 runners on base in its 10th loss in 13 games this season against NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Martin and Hurdle also were ejected in the eighth.

With two out and Andrew McCutchen on third, Martin looked a called third strike on a curveball from Francisco Rodriguez on the lower-inside edge of the plate. Martin spiked his bat and helmet in the batter's box. Hurdle then confronted umpire Ed Hickox about the call and was thrown out.

Roenicke said he thought the pitch looked questionable based on the way his catcher reacted to it.

"(Lucroy) made that pitch look a little not-as-good-as it probably was," Roenicke said. "Just because he was maybe in between trying to block or decide where the ball was going to end up."

Lucroy said he did not think the pitch was a strike.

The Pirates then put runners on first and second in the ninth, but Rodriguez got Travis Snider to hit into a fielder's choice that advanced Starling Marte to third and retired Harrison for his 19th save.

"I ended up making the right pitches to get out of (the jam)," Rodriguez said. "So it's definitely a nice win."

Notes

Lucroy had three hits and improved his batting average to .335, third-best in the National League. ... Morton (2-7, 3.31 ERA) got an extra day of rest and will pitch against Chicago on Monday. ... Milwaukee RHP Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19 ERA) starts when the Brewers begin a three-game series with the Mets on Tuesday.

 
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Yovani Gallardo strikes out a season-high eight batters and walks just one over seven innings. (USATSI)
Yovani Gallardo strikes out a season-high eight batters and walks just one over seven innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

J. Locke
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jean Segura, SS4000000 .256
Ryan Braun, RF4000010 .304
Jonathan Lucroy, C4130000 .335
Carlos Gomez, CF4010002 .307
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3001002 .257
Khris Davis, LF3000020 .262
Rickie Weeks, 2B2000100 .307
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000010 .210
Yovani Gallardo, P2000010 .143
   a-Irving Falu, PH1000000 .000
   Robert Wooten, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3014115  
a-grounded out for Gallardo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Lucroy 2 (23, Locke)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (26)
SB - Jonathan Lucroy (3, 2nd base off Locke/Martin)
CS - Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base by Locke/Martin)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Braun-Lucroy, Braun-Lucroy-Gallardo-Segura-Reynolds
E - Jean Segura (8, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,4-4) 7400180 3.71
Robert Wooten (H,5) 0.2100000 2.95
Francisco Rodriguez (S,19) 1.1000210 2.08
HBP - Walker (by Yovani Gallardo)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 121-80, Robert Wooten 11-9, Francisco Rodriguez 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 5-8, Robert Wooten 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 28, Robert Wooten 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, RF5000006 .297
Neil Walker, 2B2000110 .280
Andrew McCutchen, CF4020012 .305
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000015 .255
Russell Martin, C3010021 .260
   Chris Stewart, C0000000 .250
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000011 .235
Starling Marte, LF3000111 .230
Jordy Mercer, SS3010001 .228
   a-Ike Davis, PH0000100 .244
   Clint Barmes, PR0000000 .217
Jeff Locke, P2010010 .250
   b-Jose Tabata, PH1000013 .295
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   c-Travis Snider, PH1000001 .220
Totals3205039  
a-walked for Mercer in the 9th
b-struck out for Locke in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Grilli in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (17, Wooten)
SB - Starling Marte (14, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 10
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (L,0-1) 7311150 5.11
Tony Watson 1000000 0.93
Jason Grilli 1100000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 75-54, Tony Watson 11-8, Jason Grilli 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 7-8, Tony Watson 2-1, Jason Grilli 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 24, Tony Watson 3, Jason Grilli 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35002
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Mike Everitt