(BaseballStL) – Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta provided two home runs and three runs while the entire offense scored five in their victory, and series win, over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Their first run came after a successful hit and run initiated by Mark Ellis. Peter Bourjos delivered with a sacrifice fly to score Jon Jay, and the Cardinals weren’t done scoring in the second inning.
Ellis swiped his fourth bag of the season, putting him in scoring position as Tony Cruz doubled to give the Cards a 2-nothing lead. Then a big swing from Carpenter sent the ball over the deepest part of the park in center. The two-run shot put the Redbirds up by four.
Manager Mike Matheny reiterated his team's need to execute a successful hit and run and shooting the ball into the gaps.
"That's a great display of what we're looking for," he added, "and what we want to be know for, how we want to play."
The Cards scored their final run in the third inning, another blast from Peralta, his tenth of the year. And Jaime Garcia, Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal made those five runs stand and the Cards got their second shutout in as many days.
"That's just a great win," Matheny continued, "a great series that [the Blue Jays] couldn't be any hotter than when we rolled in here."
After struggling against the Royals, the Cardinals outscored the Jays 10-0 in their last two games. They also hit three homers in the three game series, bringing the team total to 33, against a Jays team that has almost three times the Cardinals total, at 89. The Jays hit just two solo homers in the first game against Lance Lynn.
This was the Redbirds first series victory since beating the Cincinnati Reds twice in the series May 23-25. They head to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays in a two game series.