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Cardinals leftfielder Matt Holliday (left) is unable to catch a ball hit by Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Busch Stadium. Also converging on the ball are Jon Jay (19) and Rafael Furcal (not pictured).

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Cardinals whiff 17 times in 6-3 loss to Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals were on the verge of walloping a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher for the second straight game. Then they started swinging and missing. Erik Bedard avoided a fate like that of A.J. Burnett, who gave up 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings a day earlier. The lefty survived a rocky first inning and struck out a season-high 11, including a team-record seven in a row, and the Pittsburgh Pirates set a club mark by fanning 17 batters Thursday afternoon in a 6-3 win.

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