The White Sox didn't stand still Tuesday night, aside from club Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf reminiscing with St. Louis manager Tony La Russa behind home plate for about 45 minutes.
That was the extent of the warmth extended to the former Sox manager, as the Sox soiled his return with a 24-hit attack off South Holland native Mark Mulder and five relievers in a 20-6 victory before a festive sellout crowd of 39,463 at U.S. Cellular Field.
An 11-run third-inning rally off Mulder was the springboard, and a six-run sixth represented the finishing touch against a Cardinals team that has won 24 of 31 interleague games dating to 2004 and has the second-best interleague record among National League teams at 76-58.
The Sox scored 20 runs for the first time since May 15, 1996, when they smacked Milwaukee 20-8. The Sox also collected 24 hits against Seattle on Aug. 9, 2000.
In the midst of their rout, the Sox finally got fed up with their batters getting hit by Cardinal pitchers, although they face some consequences.
Newcomer David Riske was ejected with manager Ozzie Guillen after Riske nailed Chris Duncan, son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, in the seventh.
The ejections came after home plate umpire Mike Everitt warned both teams in the sixth. Demoted Cardinals starter Sidney Ponson, in relief, had drilled Brian Anderson and Pablo Ozuna with the bases loaded to force in two runs.
The first drilling prompted several Sox players to move to the top of the dugout steps, and Ozuna's nailing caused Guillen to discuss the incident with Everitt.
It marked the first time this season the Sox had retaliated after receiving a warning.
Riske, in his second appearance with the Sox since coming in a trade from Boston, received an ovation as he walked off the field.
Guillen, who took a few steps out of the dugout before realizing he had been ejected, waved his hand at Everitt and retreated to the clubhouse.
Before the game, Guillen scoffed at a question as to whether he was intimidated by La Russa, his first manager with the Sox.
"I was good, man," Guillen replied.
Riske and Guillen face disciplinary action from Major League Baseball because the retaliation came after a warning. This was Guillen's seventh career ejection and his first since May 22 against Oakland.
Duncan was the fourth batter Riske faced, and the Sox may be able to absorb any suspension levied against Riske because of their bullpen depth.
The 11-run third included seven consecutive hits, the most in an inning since the Sox had seven straight in the seventh inning July 19, 2003 against Detroit.
Pierzynski's three-run homer off Mulder highlighted the 11-run rally, which started with consecutive doubles by Nos. 8 and 9 hitters Joe Crede and Brian Anderson.
Crede knocked out Mulder with a two-run homer in the third and he added a solo shot in the seventh off Tyler Johnson.
Mulder's early exit further taxed the Cardinals' bullpen. They dispatched Ponson to the bullpen last weekend because of his inability to pitch deep into games, and they haven't named a starter for Thursday's game.