MLB: St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 2

Sept. 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Joe Kelly silenced the Pirates on one run over six innings Sunday and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled into a first-place tie with a 7-2 defeat of Pittsburgh.

Kelly (7-3) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five, helping the Cards snap a three-game losing streak.

Matt Holliday and David Freese each drove in a pair of runs as St. Louis avoided sweep by its division rival, knotting the Bucs atop the National League Central with identical 79-57 records.

Kris Johnson (0-2) was hung with the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits through just two full innings.

Marlon Byrd and John Buck each provided an RBI for Pittsburgh.

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