St. Louis Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3

4:28 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Erik Bedard struck out a season-high 11, including seven straight batters, and Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead home run as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Bedard (2-4) was pulled after five innings. Alvarez hit his two-run drive in the sixth.

Clint Barmes had a pair of RBI doubles for the Pirates, who completed a 3-4 trip and will have 18 of the next 25 at home to end May.

Jose Tabata, a career .343 hitter against St. Louis, had three hits and a steal.

Jake Westbrook (3-2) lost to Pittsburgh for the second time in three starts, giving up four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

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