The Cardinals pasted the Twins 10-4 Monday at Ft. Meyers in a game that saw David Freese finally make his long-awaited debut in the field.
The Cardinals third sacker was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and two more scored to pace the St. Louis offense. Also collecting a pair of hits were Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig and John Jay.
Jake Westbrook made the start for the Cardinals and gave up one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He walked none and struck out one. Lance Lynn, a Candidate for the spot in the St. Louis rotation vacated by the injured Adam Wainwright, gave up two runs on two hits in two innings of relief work. He walked two and struck out one.
St. Louis scored one run in the first and a pair in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead before Minnesota cut the advantage to 3-2 in the bottom half of the frame. But the Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth to break the game open and make the long trip back to Jupiter from Ft. Meyers a little bit easier.
Not including split squad games, the Redbirds improved to 6-3 in Grapefruit League play.