Cards' bats have big day

Cards' bats have big day

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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, center, is congratulated by teammates after hiting a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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by B.J. Rains, BaseballSTL

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Posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 5:59 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Adam Wainwright would love to see this kind of run support come April 1 in Arizona.

The Cardinals hit three home runs and had 10 runs and 15 hits Monday in a 10-2 thrashing of the Houston Astros. It was the first win of the spring for the Cardinals, who had scored six total runs in two losses to the Marlins and Red Sox to start the spring.

Matt Holliday and Allen Craig hit their first home runs of the spring during a five-run second inning before Pete Kozma added his first blast of the spring in the seventh inning.

“Guys have been hitting the ball hard,” said manager Mike Matheny. “A couple of them have only had one game and a couple of at-bats so it’s hard to get too excited but I’ve been watching them do their work and everybody looks sharp. Its just a matter of their timing getting right and today they got a few more chances at it and made the most of it.”

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Craig went 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored while David Freese doubled home a run and went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Second base prospect Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and reserve outfielder Adron Chambers had a single and double in two at-bats.

Kozma, Shane Robinson and catcher Yadier Molina each had two hits as well.

Wainwright made his first spring start and allowed four hits but no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

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