Tabata feels right at home at Busch Stadium

Tabata feels right at home at Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS -- Jose Tabata wouldn't mind playing the Cardinals 162 times a year.

The Pirates outfielder loves to torch the Redbirds on a regular basis.

Tabata, who is 33-for-101 (.326) against St. Louis after Wednesday's 12-2 loss, continued his assault under the Gateway Arch on Tuesday with a first-pitch home run off Adam Wainwright in a 10-7 loss.

Tabata used some information from a first-inning strikeout against Wainwright to his advantage.

"He got me out early and I said to myself, 'If I see that pitch again, I'm going to put a good swing on it.' He threw it and I wanted to make sure I made good contact," Tabata said.

Wainwright was surprised by Tabata's aggressive approach.

"I couldn't believe he hit the first pitch," Wainwright said.

Tabata reached safely in his first 17 games against St. Louis. He has hits in 23 of 26 career games and took the collar only three times -- on Wednesday, on April 21 of this season and Aug. 25, 2011.

Tabata says he is confident hitting in Busch Stadium.

"I feel like this is my house here," he said. "I don't know why. I see good here and I'm comfortable here."

Tabata has nine career home runs, the last two coming against St. Louis.

"He hits these guys really well, it's no secret," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's matched up against the Cardinals very well in his short career."