Jeff Locke's All-Star season is turning into a nightmare.
Locke's winless streak reached seven starts as Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 350th career home run, and drove in four runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pirates 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Locke didn't factor in the decision, but helped put the Pirates in a 5-0 hole by giving up five runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA in his last seven starts after beginning the season 9-2.
The last three starts have been particularly rough with Locke allowing 16 runs and 23 hits in 11 1-3 innings.
''I continue my work during the week like I have all season,'' Locke said. ''Mentally, it becomes kind of a challenge at times. I always try to take the good and move on. I'm 25 years old and I know all the struggles I go through now will make me better down the road.''
Locke said the rest of the Pirates' starting pitchers are helping him keep his spirits up.
''I've got a lot of confidence buildi...