Presley had one hit in his fist game back.

Pittsburgh welcomed back a couple of players from the disabled list. But not much changed for the hitters as the offense didn't do much against Edwin Jackson. Charlie Morton, trying to close out a great month, was hit hard by St. Louis as the Pirates dropped the opener of the series 8-4.

St. Louis drew first blood. Allen Craig and Albert Pujols hit consecutive one out doubles in the first inning. Lance Berkman hit a two out single to drive home Pujols. Skip Schumaker's two out single scored Rafael Furcal in the second to make it 3-0.

The Pirates evened it in the third. Michael McKenry reached on an error by David Freese. He was bunted over by Morton and with two outs, he was driven in by a single from Alex Presley. After Jackson walked b...

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