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Moss, Pirates snap eight-game skid

Moss, Pirates snap eight-game skid
Pirates outfielder Brandon Moss kept insisting he felt fine, that he was comfortable at the plate and confident in his swing.

It was difficult to believe him, though, as one ball after another made a bee line from his bat to a fielder's glove. Unlucky or not, it is difficult to undo the damage an 0-for-15 slump will do to a batting average ? and to a guy's psyche.

Tuesday, Moss and his cold bat were dropped to seventh in the batting order against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rookie Robinzon Diaz moved into the No. 5 spot.

Diaz did not disappoint and ? for the first time this season ? neither did Moss.

Moss matched a career high with three hits, including a two-run homer, to pace the Pirates to a 7-1 rout of the Cardinals.

In the eighth inning, Moss capped his night by making a fine sliding catch of Khalil Greene's pop-up at the right field foul line.

Adam LaRoche and Moss homered in the fifth inning against right-hander Todd Wellemeyer (3-3). LaRoche tagged a 3-1 pitch to center field; Moss smacked the first pitch he saw over the Clemente Wall.

LaRoche had not homered since April 26, a dry spell of 12 games. Moss had not gone deep since the waning days of the Bush Administration: second inning, Sept. 2, 2008, against Cincinnati.

Moss also played a role in a four-run second inning, which erased an early 1-0 deficit. It was the Pirates' biggest single-inning splurge since May 2, a span of 81 low- or no-output innings.

With one out and Andy LaRoche at first base, Moss singled to left field ? snapping an 0-for-15 slump.

The rally stalled when Jack Wilson, in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list, fouled out. But Zach Duke re-ignited it with an RBI single to center.

Nyjer Morgan hit a deep fly to center, just out of the reach of diving right fielder Ryan Ludwick. The ball rolled to the wall and Morgan cruised to a two-run triple.

Freddy Sanchez walked. Nate McLouth lined a single to right, scoring Morgan.

After batting just .196 with runners in scoring position over the previous 13 games, the Pirates last night went 3 for 5.

Albert Pujols gave the Cardinals a first-inning lead by launching a two-out, solo home run to center field

Pujols has more homers (21), RBI (58) and hits (97) at PNC Park than any other visiting player.

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Added: May 13, 2009

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