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Pujols reached 30 home runs for the 11th consecutive season when he connected in the sixth inning. The NL home runs leader is the first player in the major-league history to hit 30 homers in each of his first 11 seasons.
Pujols' 28 career home runs at PNC Park are his most at any visiting stadium.
"Those are just numbers. They just reflect how great he is," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But he is great. He's a real weapon. I can guarantee you, though, he's not happy right now because we lost."
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk.
Walker had three hits for the Pirates, McCutchen blasted a three-run home run and had two hits and Jose Tabata had two hits in his first game since strained his left quadriceps on June 26. Jones also had two hits.
David Freese had three hits for the Cardinals and Jay added two.
Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
The Cardinals tied the score at 3-3 with a two-run sixth inning that chased Karstens.
Pujols led off the inning with his home run into the right-field stands. Lance Berkman singled one out later and scored on Freese's double to right.
McCutchen's home run down the right-field line in the third off Carpenter put Pittsburgh ahead 3-1. The two-out drive came after Karstens walked and Tabata singled.
"It's funny how baseball works," McCutchen said. "I messed up one play about as badly as I could mess it up but in the same game I came back and hit a home run and made a big catch."
NOTES: Tabata was activated from the 15-day DL before the game and the Pirates optioned 3B Pedro Alvarez to Class AAA Indianapolis. Furcal and Jay flip-flopped places in the batting order with Jay hitting leadoff and Furcal hitting No. 2, a move La Russa hopes will help the Cardinals cut down on hitting into double plays. They lead the NL with 132. Pirates RHP Evan Meek, on the DL since June 8 with shoulder tendinits, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday at the Pirates' training facility in Bradenton, Fla. If that goes well, he will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Bradenton next Monday. Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse (10-7, 3.37) will start against LHP Paul Maholm (6-13, 3.60) on Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. Lohse is 5-2 lifetime against Pittsburgh. Maholm has lost his last four decisions and Pujols is 21-for-36 (.583) against him with seven doubles and two home runs.
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