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The Pirates lost their ninth in 11 games and 13th in 16 games despite outscoring the Cardinals 12-3 in the first two games of the series.
Pirates starter Jeff Karstens (1-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings in his first career start against St. Louis. The Cardinals had 10 hits against four Pirates pitchers, only one fewer than they had in the first two games combined.
Notes: Rasmus' homer was his second and followed Yadier Molina's one-out single. ... Boggs threw 49 of his 83 pitches for strikes. He had only 42 strikes in 86 pitches during a start against Pittsburgh last week. ... St. Louis has homered in nine consecutive games. ... Pirates 3B Andy LaRoche wasn't in the lineup after starting 26 consecutive games. Hinske started at 3B for the first time this season. ... Karstens didn't have any walks for the second game in a row after walking 13 in his first four starts. ... Pirates Gold Glove CF Nate McLouth made an excellent sliding catch of Chris Duncan's sinking liner to end the third.
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