St. Louis Cardinals defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-7

PHOENIX - In unfriendly conditions for pitching, Cardinals starter Joel Piñeiro on Wednesday persisted and quelled an unbecoming habit he had last season of surrendering leads, no matter their size.

The offense handled the rest.

The Cardinals surged early and kept adding on in a 12-7 victory against Arizona at Chase Field. Six of the first seven hitters in the Cardinals' order at least scored a run and an RBI, and the team sent 10 hitters to the plate in two separate...