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Cardinals rout Pirates in NLDS opener
Beltran's three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning Thursday jump-started a seven-run rally that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 rout of Pittsburgh in the opener of the best-of-five National League Division Series.
Burnett plunked Matt Adams with a breaking ball, then walked Yadier Molina and Jon Jay, forcing Holliday home to make it 4-0. David Freese grounded a two-run single down the right field line, and Jay scored when Marlon Byrd's throw toward first hit Freese and rolled toward the St. Louis dugout.
Wainwright dominated the Pittsburgh hitters, allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out nine and did not issue a walk.
Pedro Alvarez blasted a leadoff homer in the fifth to account for Pittsburgh's only run.
Game 2 of the series is Friday, with rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22 ERA) going for the Pirates against Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97).
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