MLB: Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1

Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings of one-run ball Saturday and the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed first place with a 7-1 spanking of St. Louis.

Burnett (7-9) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander also drove in a run in winning for the third time in four starts.

Russell Martin slammed a three-run homer while Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Pirates, who won a second straight over division rival St. Louis and climbed over the Cards for a one-game lead in the National League Central.

Lance Lynn (13-9) was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in a four-inning effort for St. Louis, which dropped a third straight overall.

Carlos Beltran got the Cardinals' only RBI.

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