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Pirates take 2-1 series lead over Cardinals

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Two decades of losing in the Steel City has given way to this.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one win away from the National League Championship Series.

Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run eighth inning Sunday and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

In the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, the Pirates took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series with Game 4 set for Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Russell Martin also had an RBI single in the eighth after Carlos Beltran had tied the game for the Cardinals with his second home run of the series in the top of the inning.

10/06 19:46:28 ET