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Cardinals beat Pirates, prevent Reds' clincher

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez (17) runs past third base coach Tony Beasley after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez (17) runs past third base coach Tony Beasley after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols connects for an RBI single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols connects for an RBI single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Former St. Louis Rams star Isaac Bruce throws out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Former St. Louis Rams star Isaac Bruce throws out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday homered and drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Monday night, staying in the NL Central race for at least one more day.

A Cardinals loss would have clinched the division for Cincinnati. The Reds were idle, and their magic number remained at one going into Tuesday night's home game against Houston.

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