After flopping in Monday’s home opener, the Cardinals spent the next two days trying to hit and make up for ruining the fans’ bash at Busch Stadium.

In a spectacular do-over, the Cardinals reopened the home portion of their schedule by putting a bigger bash on the visiting Cincinnati Reds. In outscoring the Redlegs 15-1 during two consecutive victories, the Cardinals emerged from their malaise, revived their offense and smacked their rivals with a stunning counterpunch.

In winning their second consecutive series to jump above .500 (5-4) for the first time in 2013, the Cardinals powered up to turn slump into thump, slamming the baseball to places where Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo could not catch it or drop it.

Instead of pouting over closer Jason Motte’s torn elbow ligament, the Cardinals tore into Reds pitchers instead. Rather than allow the Reds to open an early-season lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals rudely forced them to share first place.

“Today you couldn’t ask for anything more, all the way around,” manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday after the Cardinals’ thorough 10-0 victory.

It’s impossible to literally have a perfect performance in baseball, but the Cardinals put together a little matinee masterpiece.

Starter Jake Westbrook threw a five-hit shutout and is pitching better now than he did at any point last season. After four consecutive quality starts a recast St. Louis rotation has a 2.56 ERA through nine games.

In the final two games of the series, Reds hitters batted .180 and scored one run in 15 innings of at-bats against Cardinals starters Lance Lynn and Westbrook. This is the same Cincinnati lineup that had incinerated pitching for 12 homers and an average of 7.3 runs through the first seven games.

That’s before seeing and waving at the swing-and-miss stuff of Lynn, and flattening the grass with ground-ball outs manufactured by Westbrook’s sinkerball.

“Great way to start the season with guys going out there on a consistent basis,” Matheny said. “These guys are giving us a chance. And we’re going to keep preaching that. This is going to start with our starting pitching, and if we’re going to make a good strong run at it, we’re going to need them to do what they’re doing right now.”