Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of their National League Division Series.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright cruised through the first three innings retiring all nine batters, before Pittsburgh starter AJ Burnett had a monumental meltdown yielding four hits, a hit batsman and three walks to the first eight batters in the third.
The nightmare innings began with a walk to Wainwright and Matt Carpenter followed with a single before post-season slugger extraordinaire Beltran cleared the bases with a long, towering home run into the second deck down the right-field line.
It was Beltran's 15th career homer in the post-season, tying him on the all-time list with Babe Ruth, who belted all of his in the World Series in the days before extra levels of playoffs.
Matt Holliday then ripped a double to right-center, Matt Adams was hit by a pitch, and a walk to Yadier Molina loaded the bases before John Jay was walked, which produced another run.
David Freese then sliced a single down the right-field line and all three baserunners scored before Burnett was removed from the game.
St. Louis added runs in the fifth and sixth, while slugger Pedro Alvarez homered in the fifth to keep Pittsburgh from being shut out.
Wainwright went seven innings, giving up one run and four hits while striking out nine, combining with Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal on a four-hitter.
St. Louis claimed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five with Game Two scheduled for Friday.