As his players paced and pawed through the clubhouse Thursday, just killing time when not playing amateur meteorologists on their iPads, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny readied for a second lengthy rain delay in as many days.

The Cardinals had an exhibition game rained out in the past week, two games threatened, and this disjointed start to the season had more precipitation than production.

“It’s kind of like having this caged animal,” Matheny said. “I can’t wait for them to take off and do their thing. I just want to watch them run.”

He got plenty of that a few hours later. Not always in the right direction.

The Cardinals rallied from a three-run deficit, got their first home run from shortstop Jhonny Peralta then held on through some middle-relief turbulence for a 7-6 victory against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

Matt Adams had three hits and scored twice and Lance Lynn recovered from some early bruising to outlast Homer Bailey for the win. Set loose as Matheny hoped, the offense stirred for 11 hits. But there also were the hiccups.

The Cardinals had a dropped ball in the outfield, Adams shoved a fan as he steadied himself in foul territory, scoring opportunities were bungled and Lynn fell behind in the first inning.