The St. Louis Cardinals offense pounded the Detroit Tigers en route to an 11-2 victory in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
Adam Wainwright tossed seven innings of one- run ball, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts for the win improving to 7-4.
Albert Pujols smashed his 23rd homer of the year as Chris Duncan also went deep in the win. Yadier Molina added two hits, scorded twice, and drove in two and Skip Schumaker had three hits and an RBI.
The Cardinals are one game out in the NL Central and start Todd Wellemeyer in game two of the series Wednesday night.