Pirates power past Cardinals, 10-5

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Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and John Jaso added a two-run drive, leading Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 Sunday at Busch Stadium. The victory gave the Pirates the series win, two games to one over the Cardinals. So far this season, the Redbirds record against Pittsburgh is just 1-5. The Cards got out of the game good, scoring a first inning run on a double by Brandon Moss to make it 1-0 St. Louis. But starting pitcher Michael Wacha couldn't hold that lead. Jaso's 5th inning two run homer put the Pirates ahead for good at 3-1. Wacha last six innings, allowing four runs. He took the loss, dropping his season mark to 2-3. Jeremy Hazelbaker knocked out his sixth home run of the season to cut the Pirates lead to 4-2 in the 6th inning. But Cards relief pitcher Matt Bowman struggled in the 7th inning, allowing four runs. The Cardinals answered back with three runs in the bottom of the 7th, tyo cut the margin to 8-5, but they would get no closer.

The loss drops the Cardinals back to the .500 mark at 16-16. They trail the first place Cubs in the NL Central by nine games. After a 4-6 home stand, the Cardinals now head out on the road for six games in Southern California this coming week. They will play Albert Pujols and the Angels, May 10-12 and then take on the Dodgers May 13-15.

Fox 2 Sports reporter Zac Choate was in the Cardinals locker room after their 10-5 defeat.