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Locked down: Cody Anderson throws CG but Indians' bats go silent in 1-0 loss to Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Cleveland Indians rookie has a simple explanation for such a successful start to his major league career.

"I'm just going out focusing on what I have to do to help our team win," he said. "I'm just trying to do the best I can and then use tomorrow to get better."

The right-hander couldn't have done much better Saturday, but threw eight innings of two-hit ball and had an RBI single to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over Anderson and the Indians.

Anderson (1-1) pitched eight innings in his third start, and his ERA rose slightly to 0.76 from 0.57. He had no walks and four strikeouts while allowing six hits in a complete game.

"He was really good again," Cleveland manager said. "He was throwing his fastball on a downhill plain and they had trouble with that and his changeup. The only time they hit the ball well was on his slider, but even that is nitpicking."

Pittsburgh scored in the sixth. hit a leadoff double off the top of the center-field fence and came around on Walker's single.

"Their guy did a good job of pounding the strike zone today and we weren't able to take advantage that much," Walker said. "Fortunately one run was enough and Jeff had his best outing of the year."

Locke (5-4) yielded only second-inning singles by and 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.

"I had to hit against (Locke), so I saw up close how good his stuff was today," Anderson said. "I could see why we had so much trouble with him. He had good stuff and also good command."

With two on in the ninth, got on a game-ending grounder for his 26th save. walked with two outs and had an infield single.

Cleveland never got a runner past first base against Locke. Pittsburgh turned double plays in each of the first two innings and went on to win for the 10th time in 15 games.

Locke, who hit Kipnis with a pitch in the first, has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.

Harrison had two of the Pirates' six hits.

Locke said he had his best rhythm of the year.

"It's almost like an added confidence," he said. "You almost feel superior until someone on the offense, on their side, tries to knock you out of it. Fortunately enough, they did hit some balls hard and guys were there."

STREAKING

Indians: Urshela extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Kipnis has reached base in 27 of his last 29 games.

Pirates: Walker's RBI single ran his hitting streak to seven games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF usually starts against left-handers but did not play because of illness. ... RHP , who underwent right shoulder surgery in April, is likely to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. ... 1B-OF (left knee inflammation) hopes to go on a rehab assignment soon after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Major league wins leader (11-3, 2.20 ERA) starts for the Pirates on Sunday against RHP (7-3, 3.80) in the series finale. Cole is 6-1 with a 2.01 ERA in his last eight starts. Salazar took a perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday when he won at Tampa Bay.

PHOTO: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Cody Anderson delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Saturday, July 4, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Cody Anderson delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Saturday, July 4, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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