ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez takes pride in his hitting.It showed on Monday in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Martinez had two hits and extended his hitting streak to four games with singles in the third and fifth innings.I want to let my teammates know that I can put the ball in play too, Martinez said, That they can rely on me to get a hit.Martinez went 2 for 2 to push his average to .290 -- better than five of the eight position players in the lineup on Monday.Its nice to have a guy up there swing it well, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. It makes it an option for us.Martinez played a key role in a fifth-inning run with a one-out single that put two runners on and led to Matt Carpenters RBI double for a 1-0 lead.It feels good to be able to contribute to my team in that way, Martinez said.Martinez (7-6) threw well on the mound as well. He allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings and recorded his seventh successive quality start. Martinez sailed through the first four innings giving up one hit on 47 pitches.I felt good, Martinez said. I just tried to stay concentrated all the way through.Pittsburgh outfielder Gregory Polanco hit two home runs and drove in three runs to lead the Pirates to their fifth successive win, all on the road.Left-hander Jonathon Niese (7-6) turned in his strongest performance in almost a month for Pittsburgh.St. Louis had a three-game winning streak snapped.Polancos two-run homer in the sixth off Carlos Martinez (7-6) put the Pirates ahead to stay 2-1. He added a solo shot in the eighth for the first two-homer game of his career.`Hitting and swinging, I dont feel it at all, it doesnt bother me, Polanco said. Im grateful for that. And Im glad its getting better.Polanco struggled running to first on a ground ball in the opening inning. But he had little trouble leisurely trotting around the bases twice.Hes continuing to be a force in the lineup, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. A real strong performance.Niese (7-6) allowed just one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. Niese had given up at least four earned runs in each of his last four starts including surrendering eight earned runs in an 8-3 loss to St. Louis at home on June 12.You cant dwell on the past games, theyre over with, Niese said. So, I just focused on whats ahead. I use my sinker more, cutter less. I was able to keep them honest.Relievers Arquimedes Caminero, Juan Nicasio and Neftali Feliz combined to allow one run over the final 3 1/3 innings. Feliz picked up his first save of the season despite giving up a run-scoring double to Matt Carpenter in the ninth. Feliz retired Matt Holliday on a fly out with two runners on to end the game.The Cardinals went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.Guys had a good plan, they had an idea of what they wanted to do, Matheny said. We just couldnt get that big hit. We left a little too much on the table.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: C Chris Stewart was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee discomfort. C Eric Fryer, claimed on waivers from St. Louis on Sunday, was activated for Mondays game. RHP Rob Scahill was designated for assignment.Cardinals: OF Tommy Pham was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the game with right shoulder stiffness. LHP Kevin Siegrist remains on the 15-day disabled list due to mononucleosis. He is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.UP NEXTRHP Mike Leake (5-6, 4.13) will take on LHP Steven Brault (0-0, 0.00), who will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, in the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday. 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Top-ranked American John Isner ended Djokovics attempt to make ATP history Friday, beating the No. 1 player 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open. Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, the only Masters event that has eluded him during his career. He has lost in the finals four times, including last year to Roger Federer. All he needs to do is hoist the winners trophy one time in Cincinnati to become the first player to win all nine Masters events. Wait until next year. Again. "Its disappointing that I played this way," Djokovic said. "For me, its very disappointing." Isner reached the semifinals in Cincinnati for the first time, knocking off a No. 1 for only the second time in his career. His other No. 1 upset? He beat Djokovic at Indians Wells in the semifinals last year. "A fantastic win for me," Isner said. "Certainly one of my greatest memories as a tennis player." Hell play seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced Friday by beating qualifier Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Del Potro is in the semifinals for the second straight year. Soon after Djokovic got knocked out, No. 2 Andy Murray was gone, too. He failed to convert a break point while losing 6-3, 6-4 to Tomas Berdych, who also beat him in the quarterfinals at Madrid. They were relegated to the adjoining grandstand court. Both players struggled with the loud music, announcements and cheering from centre court. "I think this was my best moment of the game to handle this because I was struggling with the noise around the court and the distraction," Berdych said. "You know, I handled it pretty well today." Murray? Not so much. At least it got the Wimbledon champion prepared for Flushing Meadows. "I think in some ways its good preparation for the U.S. Open because normally the U.S. Open is fairly loud," Murray said. "You know, a lot of movement and music, and they have the big screen and stuff. So, yeah, you get used to that playing here." In the womens draw, top-seeded Serena Williams needed only 64 minutes to beat Simona Halep 6-0, 6-4. Shell play Li Na, who advanced to the semifinals automatically when No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew to attend her grandfathers funeral. Like Djokovic, Williams has never won in Cincinnati, which has become one of her goals.dddddddddddd She struggles with the conditions on court and wasnt happy with her overall level of play on Friday. "I have quite a few things on my tennis bucket list," Williams said. "This obviously is one of them. But I like to believe if it doesnt happen this year, I always have another chance." Also, 14th-seeded Jelena Jankovic beat 12th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-0, 6-4 to reach the semifinals for the third time. She won the tournament in 2009 and lost the title match to Maria Sharapova in 2011. "I love playing here in Cincinnati because I have great results in the past," said Jankovic, who fought off eight of nine break points in the second set. "So that always helps. I mean, I was a finalist and a champion before, so you always love coming back to places where you can win." Not Djokovic. He played poorly last year in his loss to Federer in the final. He was off again Friday, which was especially frustrating since he came into the tournament motivated to make ATP history. "I just played a very bad match overall," he said. "Terrible match. From beginning to end, except the start of the second set, I was just a different player totally." Djokovic wasted a chance to break Isner early in the third set. He was up 40-15 in the final game, ready to send it to a tiebreaker, when he came apart. Isner kept the game going with a running forehand that hugged the line, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd. "Probably the best shot I hit all match," Isner said. Djokovic gave Isner his first attempt at a match point by dumping a backhand into the net, but saved it with a 119 mph ace. With the crowd cheering Isner on, Djokovic double-faulted and dumped another backhand into the net, giving Isner his only service break of the match. What happened? "I dont know," Djokovic said. Del Potro has been playing with a sore wrist and knee, two concerns with the U.S. Open at hand. He managed to reach the semifinals without issue. "Its bothering me a little bit, but not too much," he said. "(Im) trying to play a slice and play different shots in this tournament before the U.S. Open to see how different I can play against the top guys or doing different things." "Im OK," he added. "My knee is OK, too, and thats important looking forward to New York." ' ' '