St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals power past Minnesota

Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina hit back-to-back home runs against Trevor May in the fourth inning Monday to support another strong Busch Stadium performance by right-hander John Lackey as the St. Louis Cardinals nipped the Minnesota Twins 3-2. It was the first back-to-back home runs hit by the Cardinals this season.

At the plate

Molina ended a drought of 342 at-bats without a home run, which dated to July 27, 2014. ... Reynolds has two home runs in his last two games. ... The top three hitters in the Cardinals’ order, Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, were 1-for-11. ... Randal Grichuk’s triple in the third gave him a team-high four.

Odds and ends

Minnesota rookie Byron Buxton collected his first big-league hit, a triple, in the eighth inning. ... Lackey is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA at home, compared to 0-3 with a 6.27 ERA on the road. ... Kevin Siegrist pitched the ninth for his second save.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 618-239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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