ST. LOUIS – Jake Westbrook bounded out of the dugout for the ninth inning before manager Mike Matheny could change his mind.
The right-hander quickly finished off a five-hitter for his first shutout in more than six years, backed by four home runs in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-0 rout over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday.
He was making a statement, Matheny said. He wanted to make sure he gave the appearance he was ready to go. What a great day for him.
Westbrook (1-1) hasn’t allowed an earned run in 15 2/3 innings this season.
It always means a lot when you can finish what you started, Westbrook said. The ball was in the zone and really moving a lot. I guess I know when I’m good is when I get a lot of ground balls.
The lineup made a statement, too. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in a span of seven at-bats off Homer Bailey as the Cardinals took two of three from the NL Central champions.
GIANTS 10, ROCKIES 0: In San Francisco, Buster Posey drove in three runs with NBA star Kevin Durant cheering him from the stands, Barry Zito pitched another gem and San Francisco completed the sweep.
Zito (2-0) helped San Francisco earn its 16th straight win in games he started.
He has thrown 14 scoreless innings, the deepest the lefty has gone without giving up a run to start a season in his 14-year career.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PIRATES 2: In Phoenix, A.J. Pollock homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as Arizona salvaged the final game of the series. Pollock began the day in an 0-for-14 rut.
BRAVES 8, MARLINS 0: In Miami, Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and Atlanta completed their second consecutive three-game sweep by beating reeling Miami.
Mike Minor pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Braves, whose 8-1 record leads the majors.
PHILLIES 7, METS 3: In Philadelphia, Domonic Brown and Chase Utley homered in a five-run first and Kyle Kendrick threw six effective innings for Philadelphia. Laynce Nix also went deep for the Phillies, who earned their first series win.
BREWERS-CUBS, ppd: In Chicago, the game between Milwaukee and the Cubs was rescheduled for July 30 as part of a day-night doubleheader.