Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran had four RBI by the end of the second inning on Friday and the Cardinals routed the Royals, 11-4, in the opener of a three-game interleague series.
Beltran had a two-run double in both the first and second innings as the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-1 lead after two. David Freese and Tyler Greene also hit two-run doubles during the early onslaught and Matt Carpenter went 2- for-4 with an RBI in his return from the disabled list.
A beneficiary of the run support, Joe Kelly (1-0) went six innings and picked up his first major league win. He allowed three runs and did not issue a walk in his third career start.
St. Louis had lost three of four entering Friday but victimized Kansas City starter Vin Mazzaro (3-2) to the tune of seven runs on six hits over just 1 1/3 innings.
Salvador Perez made his season debut and hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who took two of three from the Cardinals last weekend as part of their recently concluded 4-2 road trip.
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