You could call Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams many things, most of them flattering, but one of them would not be light-footed. Yet, as he circled the bases Monday night at Busch Stadium on the first game-ending homer at any level of his baseball career, he fairly flew.
“I don’t think I touched the dirt the whole way around,” said the imposing Adams, whose two-run shot off an 0-1 Justin Wilson pitch with one out in the ninth gave the Cardinals a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The game-ending homer by a Cardinals hitter was the first since a rather famous one smote by David Freese to finish Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, so, therefore, it was the first of manager Mike Matheny’s career.

“You’re kidding me,” Matheny said. “Wow. I know we’ve celebrated a couple of times on the field. Not that many.”

The Cardinals, whose last regular-season game-ending homer was by Skip Schumaker on June 19, 2011, had gone longer than any other team in the majors without one, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

They had just three hits off the Pirates on Monday night. But they needed only Adams’ 10th homer of the season, which followed Matt Carpenter’s third walk of the game — a four-pitch pass to start the ninth.

Matt Holliday flied out before the lefthanded-hitting Adams, who had been hitting just .190 against lefthanders, hit his third homer off a lefthander.

“This is unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say,” said Adams, who pumped his fist shortly after leaving the batter’s box, with the only doubt he had whether he would hook the ball foul.

“That’s a play we put on,” Matheny quipped.