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Cardinals wallop reeling Pirates 12-6

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to the Miami Marlins in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 16, 2016.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to the Miami Marlins in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 16, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Adam Wainwright drove in three runs and survived five occasionally bumpy innings to pick up his first victory since mid-July as the St. Louis Cardinals drummed the staggering Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 on Monday.

Wainwright hit an RBI-double off Chad Kuhl(3-3) in the second and added a two-run single in the fourth as the Cardinals held on to the second wild card spot in the National League by sending the Pirates to their seventh straight loss.

Wainwright (10-8) allowed four runs and struck out five as his ERA rose to 4.61. He hardly needed to be sharp as the Cardinals battered Pittsburgh’s beleaguered pitching staff.

Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams homered for St. Louis to extend the team’s streak of games with at least one home run to a club-record 24.

Andrew McCutchen and Adam Frazier hit home runs for the Pirates, who have been outscored 47-22 during their current slide.