If Jeff Locke was pitching to save his spot in the rotation... he is well on his way.

Jeff Locke kept the Phillies scoreless for six innings.

Locke put together the best start of his brief Major League career Tuesday night to tack on another outing to a strong run of Pirates' pitching. After some early hiccups, Locke recorded outs on the last eight hitters he faced, then turned it over to the consistently stellar bullpen for the three final innings to close out a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The young lefty normally works as a groundball pitcher painting the corners, but not against the Phillies. Locke generated a career-high 13 swings-and-misses over six innings. He gave up only two hits, walked two and hit one batter.

Such a terrific outing did not start out so...

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