ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle saw at least one thing to like in the Pirates' latest loss.
A couple of things, actually - two more hits by rookie third baseman Josh Harrison.
Harrison ran his strong stretch to 11 for 27 over eight games as the Pirates fell 7-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
``You always look for positives and he's playing extremely well right now,' Hurdle said. ``It's been good to see.'
Harrison led off the second inning with a double and came around to score on a single by Ronny Cedeno. Harrison also singled in the sixth.
``I'm really zoning in on getting a good pitch to hit,' Harrison said. ``Things have been going pretty well for me at the plate.'
Harrison, who is hitting .287, was 3 for 4 in Saturday's 7-0 victory with three RBIs, the first multi-RBI game of his career.
The Cardinals' Kyle Lohse went a workmanlike five innings for his 100th career win Sunday. Lohse (12-8) gave up four runs - two earned - and six hits, struck out four and walked two.
Lohse also put the Cardinals ahead to stay, getting an infield single in the fourth and scoring on Allen Craig's sacrifice fly for a 5-4 lead.
Pittsburgh has lost four of its last six. The Pirates fell a season-high 18 games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Lohse became the 36th active pitcher to reach the 100-win mark. He has 106 losses in his nine-year career.
Lohse, the team leader in wins this season, gave up a run in the first inning and three more in the second, with an error by shortstop Ryan Theriot contributing to the problems. Lohse retired his last eight batters and left after throwing 99 pitches.
Jason Motte picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.
The Cardinals completed a 3-4 homestand. They got 11 hits without three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols, who was given a rare day off.
Matt Holliday, Skip Schumaker and Theriot each had two hits. Lance Berkman drew three walks, two of them intentional, and scored three times.
Jeff Karstens (9-8) gave up five earned runs in 3 2-3 innings.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the first to take a 3-1 lead. Five of the first seven hitters reached base.
Pittsburgh answered with three runs in the second to go up 4-3. Cedeno had a run-scoring single and Harrison and Michael McKenry added doubles.
Theriot's RBI single tied it in the third, and Lohse scored in the fourth.
David Freese brought in Holliday with a run-scoring single in the seventh to push the lead to 6-4.
NOTES: On July 26, the Cardinals were in first place by a half-game. They have gone 15-16 since. ... St. Louis starters gave up at least three runs in one inning in all four games of the series. ... The Pirates are 31-34 on the road after a league-worst 17-64 last season. ... The Pirates open a three-game series at Houston on Monday. Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 7.24) will face Houston lefty Wandy Rodriguez (9-9, 3.41). ... The Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to start a three-game set Tuesday.
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