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For the second straight night, the Pirates gave their starter a multi-run lead in the first as Jose Tabata's second RBI triple in as many games helped them to a 2-0 lead. Alvarez had a two-run double as the Pirates scored three times in the third against Kyle Lohse (4-8) to make it 6-1.
Alvarez added a two-run homer as the Pirates added four runs in the fifth against P.J. Walters to stretch the lead to 10-1. Alvarez's homer was his 12th and his second in 142 at-bats since his game-winning, three-run homer in the 10th inning beat Colorado on Aug. 7.
Lohse began the game with a 5-0 record and 2.26 ERA against Pittsburgh only to surrender six runs and seven hits in three innings.
NOTES: Matt Holliday doubled in the sixth, extending the Cardinals' longest hitting streak this season to 14 games (22 of 51, .431). ... Alvarez's rookie season high is five RBIs, against Milwaukee on July 20. ... Cardinals rookie Daniel Descalso made his first career start at 3B, a position he hadn't played since Class A. He doubled in two runs during a three-run eighth, his first hit and RBIs in the majors.
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