While the Chicago Cubs took an early 1-0 lead Thursday night, the Pirates (85-61) appeared in control of the team's series-opener throughout. Jeff Locke tossed his best start since the All-Star Break, and the Pirates cruised to a 3-1 victory despite falling behind in the third inning by a one-run margin.

Locke kept the Cubs from recording a hit until Darnell McDonald led off the third with a ground-rule double into the Notch, and then scored from third on two-out single by Starlin Castro.

Jeff Locke posted a Game Score of 71 as he earned his first win since July. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

After that, though, Locke settled in and retired the final 10 men he faced to post seven innings of one-run baseball in which he allowed only three hits and walked a single batter while strikin...

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