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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle nearly kept outfielder Gregory Polanco out of Monday's lineup over concerns about how a sore left hamstring would affect his mobility. As it turned out, they would only need him to trot.
Polanco not only played, but he delivered the two biggest swings, lifting the Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals with his first career multihomer game. The win, which came in front of an Independence Day crowd of 41,850 at Busch Stadium, extended Pittsburgh's winning streak to five games and halted St. Louis' at three.
Right-hander Mike Leake will start for the Cardinals when they face the Pirates in a 7:09 p.m. CT game on Tuesday. Leake has won eight of his last nine decisions against the Pirates, including a June 12 victory over the Bucs in Pittsburgh. He allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings that day.
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