SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Adams had the loudest blow in a nine-run fourth inning -- a bases-loaded, ground-rule double -- and Matt Carpenter delivered two of St. Louis' seven hits off Matt Cain in the shockingly sudden uprising as the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants for the second day in a row Sunday, 14-3 at AT&T Park. In winning the series 2-1 against the club that ended their season in the National League Championship Series last October, the Cardinals spoiled for Giants fans a day that began with the distribution of 2012 championship rings in a joyous, on-field ceremony. The Cardinals were one win from representing the NL in the World Series last season as the defending champ, having captured the 2011 title. They also opened the 2011 season in San Francisco and witnessed similar ceremonies following the Giants' 2010 championship. The visitors did almost all the in-game celebrating Sunday, most of which occurred in the nine-run outburst the likes of which Cain never experienced last season en route to earning the starting nod in the All-Star Game. In fact, Cain (0-1) was tagged with nine earned runs allowed Sunday. He surrendered a total of just nine earned runs in five September starts last season in leading the Giants to the NL West title and into the playoffs, and then he started the clinching game of all three postseason series. He'd pitched six shutout innings in the Giants' opener last Monday in Los Angeles, matching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a scoreless duel that L.A. eventually won 4-0 against the San Francisco bullpen. The Cardinals knocked around five Giants pitchers for 15 hits, three of which came off the bat of Adams, who was making his first start. Carpenter also had three hits and a team-high three RBI. Adam Wainwright, the losing pitcher on Opening Day at Arizona, evened his record at 1-1 by allowing two runs over seven innings. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Angel Pagan had a triple and a double to account for two of the Giants' seven hits off the Cardinals right-hander. The double plated San Francisco's first run in the third inning, after which Pagan scored on a Pablo Sandoval RBI single for a brief 2-0 lead. NOTES: The Giants awarded 2012 championship rings to six Hall of Famers: Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry. All but Irvin were present for the ceremony. ... The Giants started the same eight position players, batting in the same order, all three games of the series. The Cardinals, meanwhile, sat Matt Holliday and Daniel Descalso on Sunday for the first time this season, opting for Adams and Wigginton. ... The Cardinals began the day leading the National League in sacrifice bunts with six. Four of the six runners advanced by bunts had scored. ... Having opened on the road against the last two National League West champions, the Cardinals jump right back into the frying pan when they host the defending National League Central champs, the Cincinnati Reds, in Monday's home opener. Jaime Garcia, who owns twice as many wins against the Reds than any other team, gets the call for St. Louis. ... The Giants will play their first home night game of the season when they open a three-game series against Colorado on Monday. The Giants are three games into a stretch in which they'll play eight of 10 during the day, including all four in a road set in Chicago upon completion of the Rockies series. ... The Giants went 14-4 against the Rockies last season.
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