Jeff Locke worked into the sixth inning in his first win in more than a month, and the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the reeling Miami Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in Pittsburgh’s fifth straight win, and Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang had two hits apiece. Miami rookie Jose Urena (0-1) failed to make it out of the fifth inning in his first big league start, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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Charlie Morton tossed seven strong innings in his return from hip surgery and the Pittsburgh Pirates ran their winning streak to four straight with a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday. Francisco Cervelli had two hits, including a three-run homer, for the Pirates. Pedro Alvarez added his ninth homer of the season for Pittsburgh, which moved back to .500 (22-22).

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During a 20-batter stretch in Sunday’s victory at Detroit, every hitter for the Houston Astros either reached base or struck out. The Astros beat the Tigers 10-8 in that game, striking out 15 times but also hitting a pair of home runs and rallying from a four-run deficit in the sixth inning. Houston now leads its division by 6 1/2 games and has the second-best record in the American League – but to say the Astros have an unusual offense would be an understatement.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues Monday: — HAM IT UP Josh Hamilton returns to the majors, set to start in left field for the Rangers in their series opener at Cleveland. Traded by the Angels back to Texas in late April, the former AL MVP has been in the minors recovering from shoulder surgery. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE Among the players lining up for Memorial Day will be Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris, who made his major league debut last month.

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A.J. Burnett insists this is it. The way Burnett is dealing at the moment, he hardly looks like a guy counting down the days to retirement. Dazzling the New York Mets with impeccable command, Burnett won his fourth straight start in an 8-2 victory on Saturday, easily outdueling an uncharacteristically sloppy Matt Harvey to lower his ERA to 1.37, the best in the majors.

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As of Friday, New York Mets third baseman David Wright appeared to be nearing a rehab assignment as he worked his way back from a strained right hamstring suffered in April. However, as learned on Saturday, the concern has now shifted to his ailing back and a condition that could potentially threaten or at least shorten his career.  According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which means he has a narrowing of the spinal column. The #Mets have diagnosed David Wright with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. They believe he will heal, but it will take time. — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 23, 2015 The Mets are obviously approaching this with optimism, but one can’t ignore the fact that spinal stenosis played a role in Lenny Dykstra’s retirement from MLB in 1998 and also led to New York Giants running back David Wilson retiring during training camp in 2014.  Different times in history, different sports and perhaps different circumstances related to the injury, but still not a promising precedent for the Mets captain. Wright missed two months in 2011 with a stress fracture in his lower back. Doctors in New York dismissed a repeat of that injury when he visited them earlier this month. A potential disk issue was ruled out as well.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] At this point, Wright’s condition will require rest. Right now, the Mets plan to shut him down from baseball activities for one week in hopes that the rest and the continuation of back-strengthening exercises will get him on the right track. “He’s still experiencing some lower-back tightness,” assistant GM John Ricco said. “It’s at the point where we’re going to stop the on-field stuff for a week, continue with a program of core strengthening and basically back-stabilization exercises. They hope that will alleviate what he’s feeling. “When I talked to David, he said that when they initially put him on some medication, he got a lot of relief. But that’s kind of plateaued. It hasn’t been knocked out completely. So the doctor said that to try to give that a chance to happen we want to back off the running and just get him doing these exercises for another week and see where we are at that point.” The new diagnosis leaves Wright without any type of timetable for his return. It’s essentially a day-to-day and week-to-week situation that the team must delicately manage to avoid another setback. It’s probably too early to say Wright’s season or anything beyond that is in jeopardy, but these next few weeks figure to be critical in determining that status. Wright’s prognosis hinges on severity. Here’s a good sign: it sounds like the pain level Wright has is something he could play through… — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) May 24, 2015 … in really bad cases, the condition makes it painful to stand up or even walk. Clearly, Wright not near that extreme. — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) May 24, 2015 Without Wright, the Mets will continue rolling with Eric Campbell at third base. An upgrade could be necessary however if Wright doesn’t show improvement, as Campbell has managed just a .197/.323/.303 battling line over 24 games. If the Mets plan on contending, they will definitely need better production from that position, and right now there’s no sure bet on the roster. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over 8 1-3 dominant innings to outduel New York Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard and lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 win Friday night. Cole (6-2) gave up just six hits – all singles – and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.05 as the Pirates won for just the second time in their last eight games. Chris Stewart had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh.

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t regret calling out Milwaukee reliever Will Smith for breaking a rule that some pitchers might break every night. ”It was about as plain as it could be,” Gonzalez said. You could see it in the dugout.” Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Smith’s seventh-inning ejection for using rosin and sunscreen illegally in a 10-1 victory Thursday night.

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