Right-hander A.J. Burnett looked sharp in his first two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates allowing just two runs over 13.0 innings while striking out 15. But on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Cardinals pounded out 12 runs off Burnett and chased him after just 2.2 innings in the 12-3 loss.

Back-to-back base knocks into right field by Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay started the first inning for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday drove in his 16th run of the season with a single into left for the third straight hit. Outfielder Carlos Beltran followed by taking a first-pitch changeup for a three-run homer to right field. The next batter reached first base on a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez, his fifth of the season. The throw to Garrett Jones pulled his leg off the ba...

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