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Craig powers Cardinals past Pirates, 7-2

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of the baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of the baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Allen Craig homered twice to break out of a slump and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

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Craig went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and Yadier Molina added three hits for the Cardinals, who are trying to stay within shouting distance of front-running Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Craig was hitless in his last 11 at-bats before he connected for a two-run homer against Paul Maholm in the first. He added a solo shot in the seventh off Brad Lincoln.

Kyle Lohse (11-7) picked up his 99th career victory by pitching seven solid innings.

Maholm (6-14) dropped his fifth straight decision, giving up three runs -- all in the first inning -- and eight hits in five innings.

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