ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Jeff Locke pitched into the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night.
The Pirates have the NL's best record (27-18) since May 6, and moved above .500 (39-38) for the first time since starting the season 7-6.
McCutchen had an RBI single during a three-run third inning that put the Pirates ahead 4-0. The 2013 NL MVP had two RBIs in Pittsburgh's 8-1 win Monday night over the Rays.
Locke (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings. His night ended in the eighth when Evan Longoria trimmed the Rays' deficit to 6-3 with a two-run homer.
Mark Melancon got his 13th save despite giving up Brandon Guyer's two-run single in the ninth that pulled Tampa Bay to 6-5.
Chris Archer (4-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Rays, who have lost 20 of 28.