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10 17 0
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ST LOUIS 10, PITTSBURGH 8 (10 INNINGS)
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Cardinals keep finding new ways to win at PNC Park.

J.D. Drew's triple off the glove of center field Kenny Lofton plated the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Cardinals posted a 10-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

St. Louis has won 14 of 18 road games against Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001, winning more games here than against any other opponent.

The Cardinals rallied to take an 8-7 lead on Scott Rolen 's three-run homer off Pirates closer Mike Williams with two outs in the ninth. But Jeff Reboulet had an RBI double in the bottom half as Pittsburgh forced extra innings.

Brian Meadows (0-1) started the 10th for the Pirates and allowed a one-out single to pitcher Brett Tomko , who was pinch-hitting. Tomko went to second on Fernando Vina 's grounder and Drew followed with a long fly ball to center field.

Lofton ran to the warning track and the ball popped out as he crashed into the wall. Drew scored on a bunt single by Albert Pujols , who tied a career high with five hits, to give the Cardinals a 10-8 lead.

"You can't be thinking about hitting the long ball every time," Pujols said. "I saw (third baseman Aramis Ramirez ) playing deep. I looked to get a good pitch to bunt, put it in play."

Meadows capped a horrendous performance by Pittsburgh's bullpen, which allowed eight runs and 13 hits in five innings.

"It's tough to lose with a five-run lead in the seventh," Williams said. "We didn't do it and got beat. I don't know what to say. You go out and battle your butts off, play in the rain all night, get beat. It's frustrating."

Cal Eldred (3-1) recorded the victory despite allowing Reboulet's game-tying hit. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam to escape the ninth.

Jeff Fassero tossed a perfect 10th for his second save.

Pittsburgh jumped out to a 6-1 lead highlighted by homers from Jason Kendall and Lofton, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games.

After the game was delayed 80 minutes by rain in the fifth inning, Kendall had an RBI single in the seventh to give the Pirates a 7-2 cushion.

Brian Boehringer started the eighth for Pittsburgh and gave up a leadoff single to Pujols. Rolen added a one-out single and, after Edgar Renteria flied out, Tino Martinez lined a homer over the eight field wall to bring St. Louis within 7-5.

Vina singled off Williams to start the ninth and Drew reached on a fielder's choice before Pujols' infield hit. Edmonds flied out and Williams came within a strike of ending the game, but Rolen hit a 1-2 pitch the opposite way over the right-center field wall for an 8-7 edge.

"It's tough to tell what Williams gives you," Rolen said. "The ball he throws is kind of funky, a funny rotation. I'm not sure what I hit but I assume it was a slider. I'm sure it is what he calls his pitch."

"Rolen did what he's paid for: hitting the ball out of the park," Williams said.


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