The Cardinals once again on Tuesday relied on the long ball to power their way to a win over the Diamondbacks.
Carlos Beltran belted a towering two-run shot in the first to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Then in the second inning he got ahead of the count on Arizona starter Ian Kennedy with the bases loaded and he hit a line drive shot over the wall in right centerfield for a grand slam that put the Birds out front 6-0.
It was all the offense the Birds would need as they hung on to win 6-1 and improve to 3-0 this season against teams outside the NL Central.
Jake Westbrook, who had his worst start of the season last time out against the Pirates at Busch Stadium, completely handled the Diamondbacks offense with no runs allowed on four hits and two walks in seven innings pitched. He struck out an uncharacteristic eight opposing hitters.
Matt Holliday and Skip Schumaker joined Beltran with two hits each.
Arizona's only offensive outburst came in the ninth inning when Mitchell Boggs not only struggled to make pitches. He also crossed up catcher Yadier Molina and hit him on the wrist with a fastball. Yadi had to leave the game with a welt on his wrist. Hopefully it's not more serious than a bruise.
The St. Louis bullpen has had a couple of disturbing meltdowns in the last couple of games. I don't know if it a lack of use that has caused the boys to get a little bit rusty.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Beltran was 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and six RBIs.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Beltran's grand slam.
Lowlight: Molina's injury.