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Cards avoid sweep by Pirates

Albert Pujols belted two homers and drove in three runs to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-2 thumping of the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, avoiding a three-game sweep at PNC Park.

The Cardinals won the game as +110 underdogs, while the 11 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9) set by sportsbooks.

Dan Descalso went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in for the Cardinals. Jeff Suppan tossed five innings for the win, allowing four hits and one run.

Brian Burres gave up six hits and four runs over 2 1-3 innings in the loss.