Pirates ransack Cardinals with six-point victory
APPITTSBURGH -- A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven innings, Russell Martin hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Saturday night to regain sole possession of the NL Central lead.
September 2, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Neil Walker added three hits for the Pirates, who improved to 79-56 and moved within three victories of their first winning season since 1992.
Burnett (7-9) gave up one run while striking out six and walking one. He received plenty of offensive help only hours after Pittsburgh acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins.
Morneau arrived in the Pirates' dugout in the sixth inning. By then Pittsburgh had things well in hand. Martin keyed a five-run second with his drive off Lance Lynn (13-9).
The trade for Morneau marked the second big move by the Pirates in five days as they try to beat out St. Louis and Cincinnati in baseball's tightest division race. Pittsburgh brought in Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Dodgers 2, Padres 1 Adrian Gonzalez hit a tying single in the seventh inning, pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth and Los Angeles rallied to beat San Diego.
Just as the game ended, the Dodgers announced they had acquired third baseman Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Rob Rasmussen.
The Dodgers ended August with a 23-6 record, their most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. The club record of 25 was set in July 1947 and equaled in August 1953, when the team played in Brooklyn.
Brian Wilson (1-0) came on in relief to earn the victory — his first since joining the Dodgers last week. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.
Nick Vincent (3-2) took the loss after relieving starter Andrew Cashner. Ronny Cedeno homered for the Padres.
Dodgers starter Chris Capuano struck out seven in seven innings.
Other games on Saturday:
Braves 5, Marlins 4, 11 Innings
Reds 8, Rockies 3
Mets 11, Nationals 3
Cubs 4, Phillies 3
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3
Angels 6, Brewers 5