(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals overcame sloppy baserunning in the first inning en route to dismantling James McDonald and the Pittsburgh Pirates early on Monday.
McDonald escaped the first inning when St. Louis committed two baserunning blunders, which resulted in only a 1-0 lead. His team would tie it back up in the bottom half of the first inning.
The tie was quickly erased after the Cardinals plated seven runs in the next inning.
After getting Yadier Molina to ground out, McDonald walked David Freese which was followed by a ground-rule double by Pete Kozma. Lance Lynn grounded out to shortstop Clint Barmes for the second out.
That’s when the Cardinals rattled the runs off and paraded around the bases in Pittsburgh.
Jon Jay hit a two-run double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Matt Carpenter then walked. Matt Holliday reached on an error after Garrett Jones was unable to catch a wild throw from Barmes on a slow-rolling ball. Jay would score and Carpenter would advance to third on the play.
Allen Craig then doubled to centerfield to score both Carpenter and Holliday. Carlos Beltran scored Craig on a single to right field which was followed by a double hit by Molina, who led off the inning.
That would be all for McDonald, who allowed eight runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 1.2 innings pitched.
All of the damage in the inning came with two outs.
Justin Wilson came in relief to get Freese to line out to Neil Walker to end the seven-run second inning.
Monday’s result is a far cry from what McDonald has done to St. Louis in the past. In his six previous starts against the Cardinals, McDonald posted a 3-1 record with a 2.04 earned run average, including 13 scoreless innings in two starts last season.