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  • St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso dives but cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Pittsburgh Pirates' Garrett Jones during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:03 pm

Martin's homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals

The Associated Press

Russell Martin hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday.

The comeback gave A.J. Burnett (2-2) his second victory over St. Louis in 10 days. He gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. His six strikeouts expanded his team record for month of April to a league-leading 48. Burnett threw seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on April 17.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook left after six innings with a 2-0 lead in search of his 100th career victory. He struck out six and scattered six hits to lower his ERA to 0.98 in four starts.

The Pirates had three consecutive hits against Joe Kelly (0-1) to lead off the seventh and were aided by a hit by pitch and a walk to score four runs.