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A winning streak will be on the line for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday when they battle the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park.

The Phillies will trot Jonathan Pettibone out to the mound in this one. Righthander Pettibone has a 3-3 record and a 4.17 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Pirates will be Jeff Locke. The lefthander has a 2.06 ERA to go along with a 7-1 record this season.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 6-1 loser as they battled the Dodgers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at -112 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Pirates were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +105 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has lost 2 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 9 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 39-44 SU
Pittsburgh: 51-30 SU

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing LA Dodgers are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Philadelphia's last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 3