Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning as the Cardinals’ bats backed Adam Wainwright with a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their NL division series opener.
Wainwright remains unbeaten in the postseason, going to 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 games. Wainwright allowed a run on three hits in seven innings, striking out nine without a walk. His only run allowed was a homer by Pedro Alvarez to start the fifth.
Wainwright started the third by drawing a lead off walk and Matt Carpenter singled to right. Beltran’s homer put the Cards on top 3-0, and Jon Jay later walked with the bases loaded. David Freese hit a single that cleared the bases when right fielder Marlon Byrd’s throw to the plate got away.