Far from dazzling, Jeff Locke pitched well enough to get a rare victory.
Locke won for only the second time in three major league seasons, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 3-1 Saturday night as Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto left in the fifth inning with a strained right triceps.
After striking out Pedro Alvarez starting the fifth, Cueto threw a first-pitch strike to Travis Snider then began shaking his right arm. A Reds trainer visited Cueto on the mound, briefly massaged the pitcher's upper arm, and both then walked to the dugout.
''I believe when I threw a changeup to Alvarez that I felt something in my arm,'' Cueto said. ''It's disappointing. I felt really good. I thought I was pitching really good and I wanted to stay in that game.''
Cueto helped Cincinnati win the NL Central last season, then left the division series opener against San Francisco with an oblique strain that knocked him out for the rest of the series, won by the Giants in five games.
Cueto allowed ...