Cardinals take loss in series opener with Pirates - KMOV.com

Cardinals take loss in series opener with Pirates

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St. Louis cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of the baseball game on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic St. Louis cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of the baseball game on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ryan Doumit went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

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Doumit's homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.

St. Louis, which had won three of its last four, fell 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

Xavier Paul, who homered, and Neil Walker each had two hits for the Pirates, and James McDonald (8-6) pitched 5 2-3 uneven innings to end his three-start winless streak. McDonald allowed two runs and six hits while walking two and striking out four.

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