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Pirates beat Rays, move back above .500

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates came out on top in their latest one-run game.

Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Jeff Locke pitched into the eighth inning, and the Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night.

The Pirates have the NL's best record (27-18) since May 6, and moved above .500 (39-38) for the first time since starting the season 7-6.

Pittsburgh, which took a 6-1 lead, is 18-15 in games decided by a run.

''You continually try and create separation,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''You need them all. You don't take things for granted. Obviously it's another one-run game for us. We play a bunch of them.''

The Pirates have won five straight road series after losing seven in a row.

McCutchen had an RBI single during a three-run third inning that put the Pirates ahead 4-0. The 2013 NL MVP had two RBI in Pittsburgh's 8-1 win Monday night over the Rays.

Locke (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. His night ended in the eighth when Evan Longoria trimmed the Rays' deficit to 6-3 with a two-run homer.

''I'm just throwing strikes,'' Locke said. ''Challenge them a little more.''

Mark Melancon got his 13th save despite giving up Brandon Guyer's two-run single in the ninth that pulled Tampa Bay to 6-5.

Chris Archer (4-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Rays, who have lost 20 of 28. The right-hander had given up nine runs - four earned - over 40 2-3 innings in his previous seven starts.

''We just tried to stay selectively aggressive in the zone,'' Hurdle said.

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left in the fifth inning with concussion-like symptoms after a head-first slide during a failed stolen base attempt. He made contact with Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez on the play.

Marte was sent to a local hospital for a CT scan.

Gregory Polanco started the first with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Jose Molina's throwing error, and scored to make it 1-0 on a grounder by McCutchen. Polanco has reached base in all of his 14 games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 10.

Tampa Bay got within 4-1 in the fifth when Logan Forsythe hit a two-out triple, a routine-looking fly ball that Polanco lost and Jose Molina followed with an RBI double. Molina, who has two RBI in 43 games this season, is 2 for 34 with runners in scoring position.

''There's a lot of good things to draw from tonight, but we can't continue to lose this type of game,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''The moral victories are not what we're looking for right now. We're looking for the actual victories.''

Marte hit a run-scoring single and Neil Walker had a sacrifice fly in the third. Josh Harrison had a sixth-inning RBI single and Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Walker returned after being on the 15-day disabled list since June 9 because of an appendectomy.

Notes

Rays SS Yunel Escobar left with a sore right shoulder and will not start Wednesday's game. ... Hurdle should announce Wednesday when RHP Gerrit Cole (right shoulder fatigue) will return to the rotation. Cole threw a simulated game Monday, which lines him up to start this weekend. ... Tampa Bay C Ryan Hanigan was scratched due to neck stiffness. ... Maddon said RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery) will need at least one more minor league start before returning. ... NASCAR driver Aric Almirola took batting practice and gave Maddon a Rays' racing helmet. ... Tampa Bay LHP David Price (5-7) and Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (4-8) are Wednesday's scheduled starters. Price, the subject of trade speculation, said he has thought about the situation and it's the reason why he's been in a ''bad mood'' recently.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Guyer
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

R. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF2110100 .344
Starling Marte, LF3111012 .260
   Travis Snider, LF1000010 .234
Andrew McCutchen, CF4012020 .316
Neil Walker, 2B3001010 .277
Russell Martin, C4121010 .271
Ike Davis, 1B4110012 .249
Josh Harrison, 3B4011010 .303
Pedro Alvarez, DH3100111 .230
Jordy Mercer, SS4110010 .230
Jeff Locke, P0000000 .100
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Totals32686210  
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (10, Archer)
HR - Russell Martin (4, Boxberger)
SF - Neil Walker (1)
SH - Gregory Polanco (1)
RBI - Starling Marte (27), Andrew McCutchen 2 (47), Neil Walker (36), Russell Martin (23), Josh Harrison (23)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (11), Josh Harrison (14)
SB - Gregory Polanco (3, 3rd base off Archer/Molina)
CS - Starling Marte (6, 2nd base by Archer/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Walker-Davis, Harrison-Walker-Davis-Mercer-Walker-Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (W,1-1) 7.1833241 3.74
Jared Hughes 0100000 1.93
Tony Watson (H,20) 0.2000010 0.76
Mark Melancon (S,13) 1322000 2.48
WP - Mark Melancon (2)
HBP - S. Rodriguez (by Jeff Locke)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 104-69, Jared Hughes 9-6, Tony Watson 7-6, Mark Melancon 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 10-6
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 31, Jared Hughes 1, Tony Watson 2, Mark Melancon 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4120103 .243
Ben Zobrist, RF-SS5000005 .242
Brandon Guyer, LF5122020 .286
Evan Longoria, 3B4112101 .264
James Loney, 1B4020001 .286
Yunel Escobar, SS3000001 .244
   a-Kevin Kiermaier, PH-RF1000011 .299
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3000021 .202
Logan Forsythe, DH4230000 .224
Jose Molina, C3021002 .162
   b-Matt Joyce, PH1000001 .262
Chris Archer, P0000000 .000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   Juan Carlos Oviedo, P0000000 .000
Totals37512525  
a-struck out for Escobar in the 8th
b-flied out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Guyer (4, Locke), Jose Molina (1, Locke)
3B - Logan Forsythe (1, Locke)
HR - Evan Longoria (10, Locke)
RBI - Brandon Guyer 2 (9), Evan Longoria 2 (36), Jose Molina (2)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Guyer 2 (6), Jose Molina (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jose Molina (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (L,4-5) 7754270 3.29
Brad Boxberger 1111021 3.12
Juan Carlos Oviedo 1000010 2.33
WP - Chris Archer (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 106-70, Brad Boxberger 9-8, Juan Carlos Oviedo 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 5-8, Brad Boxberger 1-0, Juan Carlos Oviedo 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 29, Brad Boxberger 4, Juan Carlos Oviedo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14684
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom