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Sanders homers twice in 10-run fifth inning

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' 10-run fifth inning
lasted so long, Reggie Sanders thought he homered in two different
innings instead of the same one.

"I think it was Matt Stairs who said, `You know, you hit two
home runs in one inning," Sanders said after the Pirates' 14-0
victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. "I said,
'No, I didn't. That was another inning.'

"I didn't even realize it at all."

Sanders became the first player to homer twice in an inning this
season. The second homer was a grand slam that capped the fifth, as
the Pirates hit a team record-tying seven home runs.

"It wasn't much of a contest," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
said. "I guess it was no contest."

The Pirates were victimized by the Cardinals' 10-run eighth in a
13-5 loss on Tuesday. They made sure this game was out of reach in
the fifth, which ended with Pittsburgh leading 13-0.

"It's nice to be on the giving end and not the receiving end,
that's for sure," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Jeff D'Amico (8-12) threw a three-hitter for his fifth career
complete game, his second this season. He won for only the second
time in six decisions. A career .103 hitter entering the game, he
also hit his second career homer in 137 at-bats for the Pirates'
first run in the third.

"It was a perfect day," D'Amico said. "You can't say much
more than that."

Jason Kendall and Brian Giles homered in a span of three pitches
to start the fifth and knock Garrett Stephenson (7-12) out. Sanders
then hit the second pitch from rookie Jason Pearson for a homer to
make it 5-0. Sanders capped the inning with a drive into the
left-field bullpen off Esteban Yan for his 29th homer, and seventh
in eight games.

The Pirates sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth, piling up
seven hits and three walks. Pittsburgh also got a pair of homers
from Rob Mackowiak, breaking the Busch Stadium record of six set by
the Cardinals on April 9, 2000, against the Brewers.

The only other time the Pirates hit seven homers came against
the Cardinals on Aug. 16, 1947, at Pittsburgh. Ralph Kiner homered
three times in that game.

"It was amazing," Mackowiak said. "It seemed like every guy
that got up there was locked in."

Cardinals pitchers hadn't allowed that many runs in an inning
since April 13, 2000, when they gave up 10 runs at Colorado.

The Pirates won by 13 or more runs for the first time since
Sept. 26, 1992, when they beat the Mets 19-2 in Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals have lost four of five. Albert Pujols, who has a
30-game hitting streak, served the second game of his two-game
suspension for punching Padres catcher Gary Bennett on July 13.

Stephenson had been 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his previous four
starts since returning to the rotation, including a strong
eight-inning performance in a 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh in his last
start. This time, he lasted four innings and gave up five runs on
seven hits.

"If you looked at every pitch that was hit out, it was up,"
Stephenson said. "Every pitch they hit was a major league home
run."

Game notes
The last player to homer twice in an inning was Mark
Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 29, 2002. Seven players
homered twice in an inning last year. ... The Pirates' 10-run fifth
was their biggest inning since they scored 11 runs in the second on
May 4, 1992, against the Reds. ... The Pirates have hit 30 homers
in their last 13 games. ... Exactly one year earlier, the Pirates
hit five homers in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis
as Kris Benson and two relievers combined on a one-hitter. ... The
last time the Pirates hit three straight homers was Aug. 8, 1995,
when Orlando Merced, Midre Cummings and Jeff King connected at San
Francisco. ... D'Amico's other homer came on July 30, 2000, against
Colorado's Masato Yoshii, when he pitched for the Brewers. It also
was his first major league hit. ... The Pirates were the fourth
team to hit seven homers in a game this season, joining Texas,
Boston and Anaheim.