St Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th inning, Thursday Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/John Heller) By John Heller
A lot of empty seats are shown during a major league baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/John Heller) By John Heller
St Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols wipes his face during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Pujols hit two home runs as the Cardinals won 9-2. (AP Photo/John Heller) By John Heller
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit his 40th and 41st home runs and Matt Holliday reached the 100-RBI mark, leading the slumping St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-2 victory Thursday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the 13th time in 38 games since Aug. 14, the last day they were in first place in the NL Central.
St. Louis' chances of defending its division title remain slim. The Cardinals trail idle Cincinnati by 7 1/2 games with only 10 games left.
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