Pirates Pummel Cardinals

Russell Martin smashed a three-run home run to power the Pirates to a 7-1 win over the Cardinals at PNC Park. Neil Walker tripled in a run to cap the five-run third innings for Pittsburgh, which has won three of its last four. A.J. Burnett tossed seven innings of one-run ball for his seventh win. Carlos Beltran drove in the lone run for St. Louis, which has lost three straight. Lance Lynn was shelled for seven runs in four innings for the loss. The Bucs are now a game up on the Cards for first in the NL Central.

Securing their first winning record since 1992 no longer seems the goal for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is playoffs or bust for these Bucs. Having pulled off their second trade of the week, the Pirates are likely to debut Justin Morneau on Sunday afternoon as they shoot for a big three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Cards Manager Mike Matheny hopes to salvage the finale of this series behind Joe Kelly, who is unbeaten since getting put into the Cards' rotation full time in early July.
Kelly is 6-0 with a 2.24 earned run average since the switch and picked up his third straight winning start on Tuesday, a 6-1 decision over Cincinnati. The right-hander hurled six frames and gave up just one run on eight hits and three walks.
12:35 game time.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Jorge Soler launched two home runs in just his third Major League game as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-2 at Busch Stadium. Soler went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs while Javier Baez added two RBI. Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara each hit a solo shot for the Cubs to end a short two game skid. Neil Ramirez earned the win in relief.