All the Cardinals offense needed to really get jump-started was a trip to the desert. After scoring 21 runs in their first eight games and 27 in their first nine, with seven of those games producing three runs or fewer, the Cardinals rolled up 31 runs in three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Everybody's batting average fattened as the Cardinals completed their first series victory with a 15-5 win on Wednesday but right fielder Lance Berkman probably benefited the most.
Berkman, after his hitless streak had reached 11, then hit four homers in a span of nine at-bats against Arizona, including a grand slam that capped a six-run second inning Wednesday. Berkman knocked in 10 runs for the series after having just one before then.
First baseman Albert Pujols, whose average had dipped to .128 at one point, rattled off six hits in his final nine at-bats in the series.
After reaching a season high with 16 hits in a 13-8 loss on Tuesday, the Cardinals bumped that to 17 hits on Wednesday, with catcher Gerald Laird getting his first three of the season, including two doubles, and center fielder Colby Rasmus tacking on three more, finishing the three-game series with seven hits, including a rare bunt single that ignited a two-run first.
The Cardinals, who had only eight extra-base hits in their first six games, had 10 on Wednesday, including eight doubles.
"The hitters were relentless," said manager Tony La Russa.
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