Pirates 6, Cardinals 2

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August 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

     PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ryan Doumit (DOH’-miht) went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.  Doumit’s homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing
streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.  St. Louis, which had won three of its last four, fell six games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.  Xavier Paul, who homered, and Neil Walker each had two hits for the Pirates, and James McDonald (8-6) pitched 5 2-3 uneven innings to end his three-start winless streak. McDonald allowed two runs and six hits while walking two and striking out four.