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May 25. 2013 11:32PM
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MILWAUKEE — Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs, Andrew McCutchen also went deep, and Jeff Locke pitched six shutout innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.


Neil Walker added a solo home run for the Pirates, who won for a second time in Milwaukee this season, but for only the ninth time since 2007 at Miller Park — against 47 losses.


Locke (5-1) gave up three hits and struck out a season-high seven, to win his fourth straight game. It was the second straight game he didn’t give up a run.


Mike Fiers (1-3), starting in place of Kyle Lohse (elbow), lasted four innings, giving up four runs, including three home runs, and five hits.


Carlos Gomez homered twice for Milwaukee.


Reds 5, Cubs 2


CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Chicago Cubs for their fifth straight victory.


The Reds have won 13 of their last 16 games, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It’s their best start since 1995.


Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off left-hander Travis Wood (4-3), extending its domination of the NL Central’s last-place team. Chicago has lost a season-high six consecutive games.


Homer Bailey (3-3) gave up two runs in six innings to a lineup that rarely has a big inning.


The Reds have dominated the Cubs lately, winning 16 of their last 18 games in the series.


Braves 7, Mets 5


NEW YORK — Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the 10th inning soon after a suspended game resumed, and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets for their seventh straight win.


Friday night’s game was halted because of rain after eight innings with the score 5-all.


The game picked up right where it left off, at the start of the ninth inning. There was no national anthem, fans were scattered in the stands and it was cloudy and windy with temperatures in the low 50s.


The Mets lost their fourth in a row. Atlanta and New York were originally scheduled to play Saturday at 7:10 p.m. The resumption ended about 20 minutes before that start time, and the first pitch was pushed back 15 minutes.




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