Right fielder Carlos Beltran took care of Tuesday's first two innings. Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook handled the rest.

Offering two-sided dominance, the rapid-fire Cardinals handled the Arizona Diamondbacks for a second consecutive night, but this time without Monday's late-inning suspense. A 6-1 win before a crowd announced at 30,156 at Chase Field offered supporting evidence why the defending World Series champions may thrive just as well outside the National League Central as in.

Beltran, the roster's de facto replacement for free agent defector Albert Pujols, blistered Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy for the 32nd multi-home run game of his career — and in only the night's opening two frames.