CINCINNATI, July 21 (UPI) --
Jeff Locke yielded only one hit over six innings and Johnny Mercer
delivered the go-ahead blow Sunday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
Locke (9-2) allowed only a lead-off single to Shin-Soo Choo in the first, then controlled the Reds on four walks the rest of the way. The left-hander struck out six before exiting with the game tied 1-1.
The Pirates then struck for a pair of runs against Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey in the seventh.
Mike McKenry bashed a one-out double and Mercer followed with a base hit to center field, sending home the go-ahead tally.
Clint Barmes then singled, sending Mercer to second, and Jose Tabata followed with another hit, providing Pittsburgh a much-needed insurance run and a 3-1 lead.
Bucs reliever Mark Melancon surrendered a run in the eighth, but Jason Grilli tossed a scoreless ninth for his 30th save as the Pirates avoided a three-game sweep.
Bailey (5-9) absorbed the loss, striking out 12 but surrendering three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 frames.
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