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Maholm Goes 7, Pirates Beat Cardinals
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Paul Maholm became the latest slumping pitcher to shut down the fast fading St. Louis Cardinals, pitching effectively over seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their season high fourth in a row 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Pirates remain two losses way from their first 100 loss season since 2001, but are 4-0 on a homestand that began with a three game sweep of Arizona. Pittsburgh hadn't won four straight since a five game run from Aug. 17-22, 2009, against the Brewers and Reds.

For the Cardinals, elimination is near. Their 24th loss in 36 games dropped their magic number for elimination in the NL Central to five. First-place Cincinnati was playing in Milwaukee.

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