The Cardinals finished a 7-2 home stand with a robust offensive display and a 12-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners Sunday at Busch Stadium.

Rookie starter Shelby Miller went five solid innings allowing three hits and one earned run to pick up his 14th victory. The last time a rookie won 14 games for the Cardinals was Dick Hughes in 1967. The Cardinals won the World Series that season; maybe it's a sign.

With the Pirates beating the Cubs 3-2 the Cardinals (87-62) kept pace tied with Pittsburgh for the National League Central lead with 13 games to play. The club begins a six game road trip on Monday in Colorado.

There were a number of hitting stars for the Cardinals. Handcuffed by Seattle pitching through the weekend the offense erupted for 19 hits against Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez and a trail of relievers.

Yadier Molina enjoyed the biggest afternoon with four hits and his 12th home run to spark the explosion. Meanwhile rookie first baseman Matt Adams has two runs batted in and his 14th home run his fifth homer since Sept. 4.

You might say the Cardinals went to the Matt against the visitors rather the Matts. Both Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday had three hits and two runs batted in. Daniel Descalso and Carlos Beltran also had two RBIs in front of a crowd of 40526.

Things went so well rookie Kolten Wong chipped in. Wong got his first hit at Busch Stadium pinch-hitting in the seventh. He had been 0 for 11 as a pinch-hitter.