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St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez tosses hits bat after hitting a single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez tosses hits bat after hitting a single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Florida Marlins second baseman Omar Infante (13) loses track of a single by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Florida Marlins second baseman Omar Infante (13) loses track of a single by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Florida Marlins' Gaby Sanchez connects for an RBI single, his fourth single of the baseball game, in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Florida Marlins' Gaby Sanchez connects for an RBI single, his fourth single of the baseball game, in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Daniel Descalso hit his first career home run, a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh inning, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the first and had two hits, dropping his National League-leading average one point to .409.

Albert Pujols was 0 for 5 with his league-leading 10th double-play ball and stranded six runners his first three at-bats, dropping his average to .231. Pujols is mired in a 4-for-25 slump (.160) and hasn't had an extra base hit in nine games.

Gaby Sanchez had four singles, matching his career best for hits, one of them off Fernando Salas (1-0) in the top of the seventh to put Florida ahead 5-4.

Ryan Webb (0-3) took the loss for the Marlins.

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