They lead the majors in homers. Their starting rotation is one of the NL's best. So far, the defending World Series champion Cardinals don't seem to miss Albert Pujols all that much.

Carlos Beltran and David Freese homered again on Tuesday night, and Kyle Lohse provided another stingy performance, leading St. Louis to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals are off to a 5-1 start for the first time since 2008, playing like champions in the season's first week. No letup at all.