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Wainwright struck out seven, fanning leadoff man Drew Sutton twice. He didn't allow a homer his previous four outings and pitched seven innings each of his previous three starts.
Two weeks ago, the 35-year-old Beltran became the first switch hitter in major league history to accumulate 300 homers and 300 stolen bases.
NOTES: Cardinals 3B coach Jose Oquendo missed the game due to illness. Chris Maloney moved from 1B to 3B and John Mabry filled in at first base. ... The gametime start was the hottest in St. Louis since it was also 101 degrees on Aug. 2, 2006, against the Phillies, according to information provided by the Cardinals from the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The Pirates have hit back-to-back homers four times, including Casey McGehee and Alvarez off the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick in the second inning Thursday. Cardinals pitchers have allowed consecutive homers the last two games, with the Marlins' John Buck and pinch hitter Logan Morrison connecting off Fernando Salas in the seventh inning Wednesday.... Pirates C Rod Barajas returned to the lineup after missing time with a left knee bone bruise on Monday and was 0 for 4. ... Matt Holliday had two singles and is batting .489 (23 for 47) with two homers, 12 RBIs and eight doubles. ... McCutchen is a career .429 hitter (9 for 21) against Wainwright.
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