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Cardinals eliminated, lose 7-2 to Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Garrett Jones homered on a three-hit night and drove in three runs and Brian Burres pitched effectively into the sixth inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, who were eliminated from playoff contention earlier Tuesday night.

The out-of-town scoreboard was malfunctioning throughout the game, and there was no reaction when the official knockout punch for the defending NL Central champions - Cincinnati's 3-2 win over Houston - came with one out in the sixth and Pittsburgh leading 4-2.

Albert Pujols became the first Cardinal to walk 100 times in three consecutive seasons. Rookie Matt Pagnozzi homered off the facade in the second deck in left in the second for the Cardinals, who clinched at least a .500 record on Monday following a second-half swoon.

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