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Reuters St. Louis third baseman David Freese hits a two-run single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series on Thursday in St. Louis.

Cards crush Pirates with 7-run inning

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Carlos Beltran blasted a three-run home to launch a seven-run, third-inning outburst that carried the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of their National League Division Series.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright cruised through the first three innings retiring all nine batters, before Pittsburgh starter AJ Burnett had a monumental meltdown yielding four hits, a hit batsman and three walks to the first eight batters in the third.

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