Pedro Ciriaco drove in two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 6-5. Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] lifted a two-run home run for St. Louis, which saw a five-game win streak end. Mike Rzepczynski took the loss out of the bullpen. Chris Carpenter opposes Jeff Karstans in the second of the three-game series tonight. The Cardinals are four-and-a-half games behind the Braves for the NL Wild Card with 15 games to play.