KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Beltran hit two two-run doubles in his return to Kauffman Stadium, and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Vin Mazzaro and the Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Friday night.
David Freese and Tyler Greene added two RBIs each for St. Louis, and everybody in the starting lineup had a hit before the fourth inning ended. Jon Jay returned from the disabled list to go 1 for 5 and score twice, and Matt Carpenter came off the DL to go 2 for 4 with an RBI.
It was plenty of offense for Joe Kelly (1-0), who gave up three runs over six shaky innings to pick up his first major league victory in his third career start.
Most of the Cardinals' offense came against Mazzaro (3-2), who allowed seven runs, six hits, two walks and a hit batter while recording just four outs.
Mazzaro went six scoreless innings in a 3-2 win last Friday night at St. Louis.
Just about the only bright spot for Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series was the return of catcher Salvador Perez,...