The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA.

In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates' lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season's first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the first time in a long time, and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk while he struck out five Cubs.

Command, confidence, and communication were the key aspects identified by Locke and Hurdle in the success Locke enjoyed last night against Chicago.

"You take that video tape and you throw it back in the first half, it meshes right in," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was very good to see."

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