Charlie Morton injures left foot

Updated: September 8, 2013, 9:12 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will take their quest for a winning season and resurgence in the NL Central race to Texas.

Charlie Morton won't be going with them.

The Pirates starter headed back to Pittsburgh on Sunday because of an injured left foot, leaving before the St. Louis Cardinals finished off their 9-2 romp for a three-game sweep.

Morton (7-4) was pulled after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Manager Clint Hurdle said he didn't know the extent of the injury, and said it occurred when Morton was backing up a base.

Morton left after throwing a wild pitch that bounced just in front of the left-handed batter's box, allowing Jon Jay to score and give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. He threw 46 pitches.

Morton hadn't allowed more than two runs since the Cardinals tagged him for five in a 13-0 victory on Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh. He won his next three decisions over five starts, which included a no-decision after giving up two runs in seven innings on Aug. 13 at St. Louis. He has a 3.44 ERA through 16 starts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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