A seven-run second inning helped propel the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-6 victory in the opener of their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
After both teams scratched across runs in the first inning, Jon Jay kick-started the offense in the second with a two-run double. Jay came home after Holliday reached on an error, and Allen Craig drove in two more with a double of his own. Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina made up the final tallies of the crooked-number inning.
Holliday drove in two more runs in the tenth to get the Cards to double digits.
Lance Lynn, despite the big lead, labored through five innings with four runs allowed. Marc Rzepczynski allowed two runs in the eighth inning, but Mitchell Boggs came in and closed the door with a scoreless ninth.
The Cardinals play the middle game of the three-game series Tuesday with Jake Westbrook facing former Royal Jonathan Sanchez. Coverage begins on ESPN 100.5 and 103.1 KTGR at 5:10 PM.