Pujols' HR leaves Pirates 1 short

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Albert Pujols lead off the 10th inning with his second career pinch-hit home run, and the St. Louis Cardinals withstood Ross Ohlendorf's dominating start to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Saturday night and leave the Pirates one loss short of an unwanted record.

Ohlendorf allowed only an unearned run over eight innings and became the 40th major league pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches in an inning, but didn't figure in the decision.

The Pirates lost their ninth in a row and 81st of the season and, with one more loss, would become the first team in any of the four major American pro sports to have 17 consecutive losing seasons.

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