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Pirates surge past Cardinals for division lead

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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Russell Martin hit a three-run home run and A.J. Burnett pitched seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed the lead in the NL Central with a 7-1 win.

Pittsburgh now leads the division by one game over St. Louis, with a chance to extend the lead in Sunday's finale of this three-game set.

Burnett (7-9) gave up a run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts and added an RBI single, while Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Pirates, who have won three of their last four.

Lance Lynn (13-9) was tagged for all seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in just four innings of work for the Cardinals, who have dropped their past three. Carlos Beltran drove in the only run of the game for the team.

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