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ST. LOUIS -- First baseman Matt Adams hit his first home run of the season on Saturday to spark a four-run second inning that sent pitcher Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Cardinals followed Adams' home run with five singles against Chicago starter Carlos Villanueva to build the early lead. The attack included Daniel Descalso's first hit of the season in 11 at-bats and an RBI single by Wainwright.

A five-run fourth inning blew the game open and knocked out Villanueva.

Center fielder Jon Jay singled in two runs and third baseman Matt Carpenter added his second RBI of the game, as the Cardinals sent 10 men to the plate in their biggest inning of the season.

The Cardinals pounded Villanueva and left-hander Chris Rusin, recalled earlier Saturday from Triple A Iowa, for 13 hits, with every starter except right fielder Allen Craig collecting at least one run batted in.

The offensive outburst made it an easy day for Wainwright, after he allowed a leadoff home run to left fielder Junior Lake on his first pitch of the game. It was only the second time in 188 career starts that Wainwright has allowed a leadoff homer.

The other came on June 14, 2010, by Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners.

Wainwright scattered six hits over the next six innings after Lake's eighth career home run, including RBI doubles by right fielder Nate Schierholtz and center fielder Ryan Sweeney in the sixth. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

Wainwright was making his first start of the year at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals began wearing an alternate jersey for Saturday games last season. In five starts at home on those Saturdays in 2013, Wainwright was 5-0, allowing only one run in 39 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals had one run taken off the scoreboard in the third inning. Jay was called safe on a two-out infield single, which appeared to drive in Yadier Molina, but the Cubs challenged the call and it was overturned on review.

NOTES: Manager Rick Renteria said the Cubs will give other pitchers a chance to close out games after RHP Jose Veras had another rough outing, blowing a save Friday night. In four games, Veras has a 12.27 ERA, walking seven batters and hitting three. ... Before the game, the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple A Iowa and optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa. ... The Cardinals announced a two-year contract extension for General Manager John Mozeliak, which runs through the 2018 season. ... Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta got the day off. He has only two hits, both home runs, in 32 at-bats, and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. ... 2B Mark Ellis, who has been on the disabled list for the Cardinals since opening day, is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple A Memphis in the next couple of days. He has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.

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