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MLB: Pittsburgh 7, Texas 5

Sept. 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Clint Barmes drove in a pair of runs and Justin Morneau went 4-for-5 Wednesday, boosting Pittsburgh to an interleague series-sweeping 7-5 win over Texas.

Barmes drew a bases-loaded walk for a 2-0 Pirates lead in the fourth inning, and, with Pittsburgh clinging to a 6-5 lead in the eighth, socked a solo homer to ice the contest.

Morneau scored two runs while Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI for the Pirates, who took a third straight against the Rangers after being swept by St. Louis in their previous series.

They came into the contest trailing the National League Central-leading Cardinals by one game.

A.J. Burnett (8-10) got the victory despite allowing five runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Rangers starter Matt Garza (3-4) yielded three runs on five hits through four full innings.

Elvis Andrus provided three RBI for Texas, which began Wednesday's action trailing AL West-leading Oakland by two games but holding a four-game cushion for a wild card spot.

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