The Cardinals entered Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants looking for offensive consistency.
And if they were to find it, they'd have to do it against Matt Cain, one of the best pitchers in the National League.
To their credit, the Birds completed the turn around of a road trip that started 1-3 and rough up San Francisco to come home Monday with a 3-3 record.
After a non-eventful first trip through the batting order, the Redbirds found their hitting shoes in the fourth inning with a nine-run outburst. Matt Adams delivered the game breaker, a bases loaded ground rule double. Before the inning was over the Cardinals, who were hitless in only one at-bat with a runner in scoring position during the first game of the series on Friday, had seven hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position in the fourth inning Sunday.
Matt Carpenter, who started at second base for the first time this season, collected three RBIs. Adams, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran and Pete Kozma each had two.
Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who had his opening day start ruined by a stiff arm after he was hit on the shoulder with a line drive, was excellent.
He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out six batters including two in the first inning when he stranded Angel Pagan after allowing a lead-off triple.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three runs driven in and he did a good job of playing second base including the start of a 4-6-3 double play. He'll likely be there more often with third baseman David Freese expected to come off the disabled list Monday.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Adams' ground rule double.
Lowlight: Joe Kelly had another rough relief outing with three hits and a run allowed in mop up duty.