In a game that was more appealing in both climate and result than opening day, the Cardinals defeated the Pirates Tuesday to even their record at 1-1.
The Birds used a trio of homers from Chris Duncan, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina to power the offense and make the most of a strong performance by starter Kyle Lohse (7 innings, five hits and two earned runs) to down the Buckos.
After spotting the Pirates to a one-run lead in the top of the first, the Redbirds scored in each of their first five at bats to put nine runs on the scoreboard. Then they got a delightfully uneventful two innings of relief from Dennys Reyes and Brad Thompson to shut the door.
Rookie outfielder Colby Rasmus got his first hit during the game, and followed it up with his second.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Albert Pujols was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of walks, three runs scored and two driven in. His batting average through two games stands at .714.
Lowlight: Skip Schumaker made up for it with a nice play later. But his error in the sixth led to a pair of Pirates runs.