Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pirates Pour It on against Cardinals; Pittsburgh Hits Four Home Runs and Scores Game's Final Nine Runs in Victory

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pirates Pour It on against Cardinals; Pittsburgh Hits Four Home Runs and Scores Game's Final Nine Runs in Victory

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Things you might have not known, or might need to know about the Pittsburgh Pirates:

They are 21-11 over their last 32 games.

With four home runs Friday night in a 14-5 win over the Cardinals, they moved one ahead of the Cardinals at 50, for the most home runs hit in the National League on the road this season. The Pirates have just 26 homers at spacious PNC Park.

The Pirates have reached 40 wins (they have 41 now) faster than at any time since 1992, their last winning season.

With one game left in June, they have clinched back-to-back winning months for the first time in 15 years.

The Pirates also have lost only one of their last 10 series (8-1- 1) and have the best home record in the league at 23-13.

On Friday they did it the hard way, spotting Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright a 5-2 lead after four innings. "That's usually a death sentence, if you give Wainwright a three-run lead," said Pirates first baseman Casey McGehee. "It would have been real easy to chalk that one up as a loss."

But after a furious surge in the fifth and sixth, an inning in which they hit three home runs, the Pirates led, 9-5. They then proceeded to pile on even more against a porous Cardinals bullpen which gave up seven runs in four innings, compared to none allowed by the Pirates in the same time frame.

Pittsburgh, which entered the game with a .233 batting average, 15th in the NL and only two points ahead of San Diego, averaged .396 on Friday as the Pirates gained their third win in succession and moved six games over .500.

Last year, several weeks later in the season, they were seven over at 51-44 but then collapsed, losing 46 of their final 67 games to finish at 72-90 in a professional sports' worst 19th consecutive losing season.

Manager Clint Hurdle is confident that won't happen again. "We just have a better team," he said. …

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