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[July 14, 2008]  PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Aaron Miles drove in five runs with a home run and a triple and the St. Louis Cardinals held off a Pittsburgh comeback this time, beating the Pirates 11-6 Sunday.

Auto RepairMiles got three hits and is batting .344 as a starter. His three-run homer off Ian Snell in the fourth inning put St. Louis up 4-1.

After Pittsburgh rallied for the second day in a row and took a 6-5 lead on Chris Gomez's two-run double in the sixth, Miles finished St. Louis' four-run, go-ahead seventh with a two-run triple.

Ryan Ludwick added his 21st homer, a solo shot in the eighth that was his third in as many games. Troy Glaus completed a 10-for-13 weekend with a home run.

Franquelis Osoria (3-3), brought in to protect the Pirates' one-run lead in the seventh, allowed five of the six batters he faced to reach base. Osoria hit Albert Pujols with a pitch after Ludwick singled. Glaus doubled in a run and Chris Duncan had an RBI single that put St. Louis up 7-6.


The Cardinals scored 28 runs and had 50 hits while winning two of three in the series -- after being held to two runs or fewer in six of their previous seven. They could have swept their final series before the All-Star break, but couldn't hold leads of 9-3 and 10-4 while losing 12-11 in 10 innings Saturday night despite getting a season-high 22 hits.

The Cardinals bullpen didn't let that happen again, even after starter Joel Pineiro -- previously 4-0 against the Pirates -- gave up 10 hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings.


Jason Bay had a tying two-run single in the fifth, giving him seven RBIs in two games, but Russ Springer (2-0), Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin combined for 3 1-3 scoreless innings. Springer retired the only batter he faced for the victory, and McClellan pitched two shutout innings.

The night before, Cardinals relievers gave up eight runs over the final four innings. 

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Snell had another rough outing against the Cardinals, giving up five hits and four runs in five innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow. He has a 9.00 ERA in four starts against them this season.

Notes: Glaus, Duncan and Miles all had three hits. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Pirates hadn't allowed as many hits as did they Saturday and won since July 23, 1930, when the Phillies had 27 hits but the Pirates won 16-15 in 13 innings. The Cardinals hadn't had so many hits and lost since they had 23 in a 19-15, 10-inning defeat to the Reds on July 1, 1956. ... Cardinals rookie LHP Jaime Garcia, who made his major league debut as reliever Friday, will move into the rotation after the All-Star break. He is scheduled to start Sunday vs. San Diego. ... Miles' five RBIs were the most by a Cardinals player this season. His career high is six RBIs, in 2004 against Arizona. ... St. Louis CF Skip Schumaker ranged far to his left to making an excellent diving catch of Jack Wilson's fly ball into the right-center gap in the eighth.

[Associated Press; By ALAN ROBINSON]

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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