PITTSBURGH (KSDK Sports) - No one can say the St. Louis Cardinals hitters are ignoring their starting rotation when it comes to run support.
Monday night, at a nearly empty PNC Park against the Pirates, the Cardinals line up provided 10 runs as they defeated the Pirates 10-6 to begin a 10 game road trip. But the win did not quell concerns about the Cardinals bullpen performance.
The Cardinals offense was highlighted by a 7 run second inning and a 3 RBI night from first baseman Allen Craig and Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina had two hits apiece for St. Louis while Allen Craig knocked in three runs. The Cards have won five of their last six contests.
Lance Lynn (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Starling Marte had three hits for Pittsburgh, giving him at least two hits in eight of his last nine games. Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and pinch-hitter Jose Tabata singled in both of his at-bats.
James McDonald (1-2) lasted just 1 2/3 innings before giving way to the Pirates bullpen, which allowed only two hits in the remaining 7 1/3 innings. McDonald was charged with eight runs - three of which were earned - and eight hits.