Starting 5 key to Cardinals' strong start

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A lineup anchored by Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday generates the buzz with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since the start of the season, though, the rotation has generated plenty of wins.

Adam Wainwright's four-hitter against the New York Mets Sunday night was the latest in a string of standout efforts, finishing a fourth series win of the year.

St. Louis' 2.45 ERA led the major leagues by a wide margin and starters permitted only four earned runs in 45 innings in a just-completed 6-game opening homestand.

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