Beltran's Strong At-Bat Leads Cardinals to Victory

6 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, October 03 2013 Oct 3, 2013 Thursday, October 03, 2013 6:26:00 PM CDT October 03, 2013 in Sports
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.

The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the second-shortest outing of his career and putting Game 1 out of reach early.  A sellout crowd roared early and then settled in for an easy victory.

Lance Lynn (15-10) faces Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7) in Game 2 Friday.

The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first division series with apparent momentum after beating the Reds in the wild-card game Tuesday.  But they never threatened to rally against the Cardinals' ace.

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