PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yovani Gallardo was pitching so well he just needed one run to get a win. His catcher got him all the support he needed, with some help from an eager fan.
Gallardo pitched seven crisp innings, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and scored on Aramis Ramirez's groundout, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday.
"Yo was outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Just hung in there and made some great pitches, got better as the game went on."
Gallardo (4-4) had a season-high eight strikeouts in his second win in his last three starts. He allowed four hits and walked one.
The Pirates had at least one baserunner in five of Gallardo's seven innings, but the right-hander got sharper as the game progressed.
"I was able to get out of some big situations and make pitches," Gallardo said. "That's always something positive to go from."
Jeff Locke also pitched seven solid innings in a spot start for the Pirates. Locke was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Charlie Morton, who was pushed back a day to Monday.
Pittsburgh also put right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue.
Locke (0-1) struck out five and walked one in his second start of the season. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team last season, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings against San Francisco on May 5.
"He gave us everything we could have asked for him to give us today," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And more."
Locke said he benefited from being "on the same page" with catcher Russell Martin.
"We just knew I was going to pitch my game," he said. "He just put down the right fingers and moved the ball around a little bit."
Lucroy sparked the only scoring sequence of the game when he led off the seventh with a liner down the left-field line that was grabbed by a fan while it was in play. Lucroy was awarded a ground-rule double on the interference.
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