Game Report: Cardinals 11, Orioles 2

Paul DeJong ignited a big night for the Cardinals’ offense with the first of five home runs in the win over the Orioles Friday night in Baltimore, and joined a couple of Hall of Famers in the record book in the process.

DeJong became only the third ninth-place hitter in franchise history to have at least three hits in a game, score at least three runs, drive in at least three runs and also hit a home run.

The other two were both pitchers – Bob Gibson did it on Sept. 29, 1965 and Dizzy Dean in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 22, 1937.

The ninth-place hitter usually is a pitcher in the National League, but not in interleague games on the road, when the team features a designated hitter somewhere in the lineup. Since 1997, DeJong became the 595th non-pitcher to start a game hitting ninth for the Cardinals.

The five home runs and 11 runs were both season highs for the Cardinals.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Eight of the 11 runs scored on the five home runs. DeJong hit his second of the year in the third, a two-run shot; Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler hit back-to-back homers in the sixth; Tommy Pham hit a two-run shot in the seventh and Jedd Gyorko capped the big night with a solo homer in the ninth … Eight of the 11 runs also scored with two outs … DeJong also singled in the third and had an RBI single in the sixth for the first three-hit game of his career … Every starter except Stephen Piscotty had at least one hit, and he had a sacrifice fly … Gyorko struck out three times and walked before homering in the ninth, his first since May 28; He had just three hits in his last 24 at-bats before the home run.

On the mound: Carlos Martinez was lifted after six innings with the Cardinals leading 8-1. He allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out eight … Brett Cecil, who switched his uniform number to 27, the number he wore in Toronto, pitched a perfect seventh inning before Sam Tuivailala pitched the last two innings, allowing a homer to Trey Mancini in the ninth.

Key stat: Carpenter, who had a single to go with his two-run homer, has now hit safely in all 10 games since moving into the leadoff spot, going 17-for-38 (.447) with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in those 10 games.

Worth noting: The win snapped an eight-game road losing streak for the Cardinals, their longest since losing 11 consecutive road games in 2007 … The only other time the Cardinals hit five or more homers in an interleague game was last year, when they hit six in a game at Seattle … The Cardinals have nine homers and 37 RBIs out of the ninth spot in the batting order this season … The Cardinals played their seventh consecutive game without an error, their longest streak this season.

Looking ahead:
Adam Wainwright will get the start in the second game of the series, which begins at 3:05 p.m. St. Louis time on Saturday. Wade Miley will start for the Orioles.