The Pirates failed to hold onto a couple of leads as St. Louis captured the second game of the series. Lance Berkman hit a two run blast off Jose Veras in the eighth to give the Cards their first lead of the game at 5-4. And that was how it stayed.

Pittsburgh didn damage to St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook from the opening bell. Jose Tabata walked. Alex Presley doubled him to third. Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit followed with RBI singles. Josh Harrison hit a sac fly to score the third run of the game.

After a 1-2-3 first, Bucs starter James McDonald hit a snag in the second. Berkman walked to start the inning. David Freese hit a one out single. Yadier Molina poked a homer to even the score at three. That was all St. Louis would get against McDonald. He would allow just three more ...

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