PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdles night ended three batters in on Wednesday, when the Pittsburgh Pirates manager was ejected for arguing a call with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.The extra down time gave Hurdle a chance to watch struggling pitcher Jeff Locke from a different perspective. Hurdle wasnt exactly thrilled with what he saw.Locke walked five batters and gave up five runs before getting pulled in the top of the fourth inning of a 9-5 loss to Milwaukee, another shaky performance in a month full of them. Pittsburgh walked nine Brewers in all.I had an excellent opportunity tonight to watch where our targets were setting and where the pitchers were going, Hurdle said. It wasnt anywhere near where we need to be.Jordy Mercer went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Pirates. David Freese doubled twice and Starling Marte added a pair of hits but Pittsburgh spent most of the game chasing the Brewers after Locke (8-6) had his ERA in July balloon to 8.16.I just had a really hard time getting ahead of people and then putting somebody away, Locke said. It seemed everybody we started with a strike to, we followed up with a ball or two balls or three balls. Just unable to put anybody away.Lockes spot in the rotation appears safe at the moment but perhaps not for much longer. Rookie Tyler Glasnow will return to the majors against Philadelphia this weekend, and with Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio both available in the bullpen and the trade deadline looming, the Pirates have options if Locke continues to have issues with consistency.Were continuing to try and work with it and help him, Hurdle said. I know hes trying to solve it.Hurdle spent most of the 3 hour, 43 minute game watching from the clubhouse after disagreeing with Holbrook, who ruled a chopper by Milwaukees Ryan Braun that bounced up and struck the slugger a foul ball. Hurdle, who believed Braun was out of the batters box and out as a result, was tossed without even exiting the dugout.It was Hurdles 50th career ejection.I just shared my view that I thought it hit him in fair play, Hurdle said. He said `thats enough. I thought it was a little early to say `thats enough. Obviously, that was enough. I exited at that point. Time out. Its the earliest Ive been run.Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs for the Brewers, including a two-run single in the sixth inning off reliever A.J. Schugel that broke things open for good. Braun, Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez had two hits each for Milwaukee and Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett drove in two runs apiece.Carlos Torres (2-1) won in relief of Chase Anderson, who struggled once again but was bailed out by an offense that took it to Locke and added on after the Pirates drew within 5-4 in the fifth on Freeses RBI-double to right.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: Rookie RHP Jameson Taillon remained under the MLB concussion protocol on Wednesday but trainer Todd Tomczyk said Taillon is checking out very well and is showing no ill effects of the line drive he took to the back of the head on Tuesday night. Taillon lay on the ground for several minutes after getting hit by a shot off Perezs bat in the second inning but was allowed to remain in the game after getting cleared by Tomczyk and team doctor Edward Snell.I was looking for reasons (to take him out), Tomczyk said. But he continued to show that there was no serious risk there.The 24-year-old will continue to be monitored but barring a setback will make his next scheduled start on Sunday against Philadelphia.UP NEXT:Brewers: Matt Garza will try to snap a three-game losing streak when he makes his seventh start of the season in the series finale. The 32-year-old is 2/3 with a 4.35 ERA in nine career starts against the Pirates.Pirates: Francisco Liriano looks to rediscover his dominance at PNC Park on Thursday in the series finale. Liriano is 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his last five home starts following a stretch in which the Pirates won 14 straight starts at PNC with Liriano on the mound. Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. Wholesale Custom Hurricanes Shirts . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. 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SUNRISE, Fla. -- After dropping out of the Top 25 this week, the Florida Gators looked like a team on the way up Saturday.Devin Robinson had 15 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes to lead an onslaught by the Gators, who wrapped up a stretch of 11 consecutive away games to start the season by drubbing Charlotte 87-46 in the Orange Bowl Classic.Florida had runs of 10-0, 14-1 and 10-0 en route to a lead of 36-11 barely 15 minutes into the game, and there was little letup in the second half. A 14-0 spurt made it 77-33 with seven minutes left, and the Gators posted their most lopsided win of the season.The Gators (8-3) bounced back from consecutive losses to Duke and Florida State that knocked them out of the Top 25. Coach Mike White said hes not worried about whether his team is ranked in December.Im sure the guys care. Our fans I would think care, White said. But Im not sure how well we handled it last go-around, and I dont want that to be a focus. If were thinking about that every day, were taking time away from whats most important, which is continuing to get better.The Gators took a step forward by outrebounding Charlotte 44-23 and scoring 24 more points in the paint, despite the absence of starting center John Egbunu (strained hamstring).The 6-foot-8 Robinson led the Gators inside and was chosen the games most valuable player.He was really good, White said. He got some big-boy rebounds and played with some physicality.Charlotte (6-4) looked rusty playing only its second game in two weeks. The 49ers shot 14 for 51 for 28 percent, and their starters went 6 for 26.It was a really bad loss to a really good team, coach Mark Price said. I was disappointed that we didnt play better. You have to play your best game against a team like that. They punched us in the mouth early, and we just never responded.ddddddddddddGators reserve Canyon Barry scored 16 points in 22 minutes. Chris Chiozza came off the bench to contribute nine points and five of the Gators 13 steals.Charlottes Austin Ajukwa, eligible for the first time since transferring from Clemson, had 12 points and four steals in his season debut.BIG PICTUREThe Gators completed a long stretch of away games while their campus arena was being renovated.I thought that we handled it pretty good -- road warriors to start the season, swingman Kevarrius Hayes said. Its going to feel really great to be going to our home facility. I know the fans are going to love it.White said in some ways it seems like five years since his team played in Gainesville.You can spend time complaining, but it would be a waste of time, he said. Weve had no drama, no negativity, no excuses.CLASSICFlorida improved to 16-2 in the Orange Bowl Classic. Florida State , which defeated Florida last Sunday, beat Manhattan 83-67 in the opening game.I feel we can beat Florida State, Robinson said. We can beat any team in the country if we play the way were supposed to play. If we play them again, I feel we can give them a run for their money.ON THE MARKBarry went 9 for 10 from the free throw line, all underhanded. Hes shooting 84 percent for the season.UP NEXTThe Gators will play in their renovated home for the first time Wednesday against Little Rock. Egbunu is questionable for that game, White said.Charlotte returns home to play Maryland on Tuesday.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. ' ' '
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