On a night the Pirates added another bat they did most of their damage while he was somewhere on the Parkway West.

The Pirates chased St. Louis starter Lance Lynn from the game after four innings and regained sole possession of first place in the National League Central Division with a 7-1 victory Saturday night at PNC Park.

By the time Justin Morneau arrived in the Pirates' dugout in the sixth inning his new team already had a six-run lead over the Cardinals. The Pirates traded for Morneau earlier in the afternoon and the former Minnesota Twins star caught a flight from Dallas to Pittsburgh early Saturday evening.
"I just turned around and there he was" manager Clint Hurdle said.

Though Morneau hustled to catch a flight and then hurried to the ballpark from the Pittsburgh airport he didn't see any action.

Instead it was fellow Canadian Russell Martin who led the way with a three-run homer in the third that helped the Pirates take a commanding lead for starter A.J. Burnett.

"Especially when we had our ace on the mound I felt like that was pretty much all we needed" Martin said.

He went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in front of an announced crowd of 39514 the largest this season and second-largest in the 13-year history of PNC Park.

The Pirates (79-56) have a one-game division lead over the Cardinals (78-57) and get a chance for a sweep of St. Louis today. With their win Saturday they secured a season-series win against the Cardinals claiming a 10-5 record with four games left between the teams.