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Locke gets rocked as Pirates are knocked off by Diamondbacks

| Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
The Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed forces out the Pirates' Gaby Sanchez as he turns a double play on Russell Martin during the eighth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
The Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke looks away during the sixth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
The Pirates' Josh Harrison can't catch a home run ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Andy Marte during the sixth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks to the mound to take pitcher Jeff Locke out of the game during the sixth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
The Diamondbacks' Andy Marte celebrates his two-run home run against the Pirates during the sixth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill attempts to turn a double play while leaping over Gaby Sanchez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field on July 31, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 31: Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at Chase Field on July 31, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The Diamondbacks' Andy Marte rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Pirates during the sixth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke throws during the first inning against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez makes a play on a bouncing ball against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
The Pirates' Ike Davis scores on an RBI double by Russell Martin as Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero waits for the throw during the second inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
The Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt makes the catch as the Pirates' Neil Walker dives back safely on a pick-off attempt during the second inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Pirates' Ike Davis slides safely into home plate as Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero waits for the ball during the second inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Pirates' Ike Davis and Neil Walker celebrate scoring two runs against the Diamondbacks during the second inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Pirates' Gregory Polanco dives safely back to first as the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt applies a tag during the third inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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Pirates second baseman Neil Walker makes a diving play on a ground ball during the third inning against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt slides safely into home plate as Pirates catcher Russell Martin waits for the ball during the fifth inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.
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The Pirates' Josh Harrison catches a fly ball down the left-field line against the Diamondbacks during the third inning Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — It felt like a loss Thursday afternoon when the Pirates couldn't make a deal before the non-waiver trading deadline.

A few hours later, the team experienced the real thing at Chase Field.

The Arizona Diamondbacks knocked around Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke in the middle innings and pulled away for a 7-4 victory.

Locke (2-3) pitched 5 13 innings and gave up six runs (four earned) and nine hits. He walked two and struck out five.

“The consistency from time to time wavered on him,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Management tried to come up with pitching help in the trade market and set its sights high by bidding for aces Jon Lester and David Price. However, the Pirates were unable to land even a middle reliever for the stretch drive.

Trying to bounce back from a ragged outing (6 23 innings, 10 hits, six runs) in his previous start against the Colorado Rockies, Locke was strong early. But the Diamondbacks broke a 3-3 tie with two home runs off Locke in the sixth inning.

“The game's funny,” Locke said. “I went out for the sixth inning, feeling a little bit fatigued, trying to make pitches and fighting myself a little bit.”

After Nick Ahmed singled, Andy Marte launched a changeup into the left field seats. It was Marte's first home run in the majors since Sept. 8, 2010, when he played for the Cleveland Indians.

With one out, Aaron Hill homered to right.

The Pirates got a run back in the seventh. Gregory Polanco doubled, and Andrew McCutchen lined an RBI single to center.

Ahmed hit his first career homer in the eighth off Stolmy Pimentel.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against right-hander Josh Collmenter. Neil Walker singled, and Ike Davis walked. Russell Martin stroked a two-run double to left-center field.

Locke retired the first eight batters he faced, then put himself in a jam in the third inning.

With outs, Collmenter hit a grounder up the middle. Locke tipped the ball, which slowed it down just enough for Collmenter to reach on an infield single.

Rookie Ender Inciarte, whom Baseball America rated the “fastest baserunner” in Arizona's farm system this spring, hit a routine roller to the right side. Inciarte was a blur down the line and beat the throw by second baseman Walker.

“Sometimes, little things like that can trigger a big inning,” Locke said.

Aaron Hill walked, loading the bases for the 2013 home run co-leader, Paul Goldschmidt.

Locke fell behind 3-1, then got a borderline call for strike two. Goldschmidt fouled off an inside pitch, then went down swinging at a 91 mph fastball.

Locke was not as fortunate in the fourth. The Diamondbacks again loaded the bases on a single, a double and a hit batter.

With two outs, Collmenter hit a bouncer to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who double-clutched before making a low throw. First baseman Ike Davis muffed the catch and was charged with the error. Two runs scored.

Jordan Pacheco's two-out RBI single gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Walker tied it in the sixth with a solo shot that splashed down in the pool beyond the fence in right-center field. It was Walker's 16th homer, matching his career high from last season.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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