Pirates avoid record loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Garrett Jones hit a game-ending RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a record-setting loss at least for one day, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Sunday to stop a 9-game skid.

The Pirates, who would have assured themselves of a record 17th consecutive losing season with a loss, won after falling behind 5-4 on Rick Ankiel's pinch-hit homer off Jesse Chavez (1-4) in the top of the ninth. Despite allowing the homer, Chavez gained his first victory in the majors.

No team in any of the four major American pro team sports - major league baseball, the NFL, NBA or NFL - has had 17 consecutive losing seasons.

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