Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis' starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead.

The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin's 13th home run of the year responded to the only run the Cardinals scored off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, and left Lynn screaming on the mound.

Martin's blast came on a pitch nearly identical to the one he hit off Friday's starter Shelby Miller, a 90 mile-per-hour fastball left in a similar location.

"Up and away a little a bit," Martin said. "I like the ball up there."

Russell Martin hit a three-run home ru...

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