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Pirates lose challenge, give way to Cards' rally

ST. LOUIS -- The Pirates' unsuccessful challenge of a call in Sunday's game led to a scoring rally by the Cardinals.

With runners on first and second and one out in the sixth, Yadier Molina hit a hot smash to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who threw to second baseman Neil Walker, whose relay to first pulled Ike Davis off the bag as umpire Ted Barrett signaled safe.

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Davis immediately signaled for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to come out and challenge the call, which he did.

After a review of two minutes and 57 seconds, it was ruled that Barrett's call would stand, as the replay was inconclusive.

Allen Craig followed with a two-out single that scored from Matt Holliday from third base, and Jhonny Peralta later belted his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.

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