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The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club improved to 11-14.

It's been a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen a legitimate strike out pitcher in their starting staff. Left-hander Erik Bedard continues to impress on the mound in the K department. Bedard struck out seven on April 22. He followed that up with a nine whiff performance his last outing on April 29. And on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, Bedard did something no Pirates' lefty had accomplished in eight seasons. He struck out 11 batters.

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