MLB: Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 0

Aug. 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- James McDonald fired seven shutout innings and Pedro Alvarez bashed two homers Tuesday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 9-0 spanking of St. Louis.

McDonald (12-6) allowed only one runner to reach as far as second base in dominating the Cardinals. The right-hander yielded just two hits, issued a single walk and struck out six.

Alvarez cracked a two-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot in the sixth with a run-scoring double in between, while Clint Barmes knocked in a pair for the Pirates, who evened their three-game set.

The win pulled Pittsburgh to within two games of St. Louis for a National League wild card berth.

The loss was hung on Jake Westbrook (13-10), who coughed up seven runs on 11 hits in a five-inning outing for the Cardinals.

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