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Cardinals Blow Out Pirates In Game One

Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning as the Cardinals' bats backed Adam Wainwright with a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their NL division series opener.
ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning as the Cardinals' bats backed Adam Wainwright with a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their NL division series opener.

Wainwright remains unbeaten in the postseason, going to 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 games. Wainwright allowed a run on three hits in seven innings, striking out nine without a walk. His only run allowed was a homer by Pedro Alvarez to start the fifth.

Wainwright started the third by drawing a lead off walk and Matt Carpenter singled to right. Beltran's homer put the Cards on top 3-0, and Jon Jay later walked with the bases loaded.

David Freese hit a single that cleared the bases when right fielder Marlon Byrd's throw to the plate got away.



(story contributed by Bill Pollock, Missourinet)

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