Winning streak ends: Indians lose to Pirates 1-0

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PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Saturday.

Locke (5-4) allowed only second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela as the Pirates ended Cleveland’s five-game winning streak. The left-hander struck six, walked none and faced one batter more than the minimum in a game that took just 2 hours, 6 minutes.

Pittsburgh scored in the sixth against tough-luck loser Cody Anderson (1-1). Josh Harrison hit a leadoff double off the top of the center-field fence and came around on Walker’s single.

Mark Melancon got Michael Brantley on a game-ending grounder with two on for his 26th save.