MLB

more stats

2
Final123456789RHE
St. Louis100000100251
Arizona00031020X6150
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:I.Kennedy(1-0) L:A.Wainwright(0-1)
HR: STL- None ARI- None
6


National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Arizona



(Monday, April 1st)

Final Score: Arizona 6, St. Louis 2

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy threw seven solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks pounded out 15 hits to win their seventh straight season opener, this time topping the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, at Chase Field.

Kennedy (1-0) struck out eight and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk for Arizona, which is trying to rebound from last year's disappointing third- place finish in the NL West.

"(Kennedy) was awesome. I don't know how else to explain it," Diamondback manager Kirk Gibson said. "He just had everything working."

Martin Prado, Arizona's prized offseason acquisition, hit two doubles, scored twice and knocked in a run, while A.J. Pollock went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in his first appearance on Opening Day.

Gerardo Parra added four hits, including three doubles, for a Diamondbacks offense that knocked out Adam Wainwright (0-1) after six innings, as the newly-signed ace was touched for four runs -- three earned -- on 11 hits

Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who were within one win of making consecutive World Series appearances last year, as they lost Game 7 of the NL Championship Series to the San Francisco Giants.

The Cardinals scored in their first at-bat on consecutive one-outs doubles by Matt Carpenter and Holliday, but they recorded just one hit over the next five frames.

Arizona pushed ahead with four straight hits in the fourth. Jason Kubel doubled in Miguel Montero, and Pollock bounced one in front of a diving Jon Jay in center to bring in Paul Goldschmidt and Kubel for a 3-1 lead.

"I just didn't execute pitches," Wainwright said of the fourth frame. "They made me pay that inning."

Prado's heads-up baserunning added another run in the fifth. After doubling to right-center, Prado rounded third when Aaron Hill sent a broken-bat dribbler up the middle. Descalso ranged over to field the ball, but his short-hop to first got away from Allen Craig, allowing Prado to race around and score without a play at the plate.

Kennedy, making his third straight Opening Day start for Arizona, had retired 18 of 20 hitters before Yadier Molina doubled with two away in the seventh. Descalso followed with a single to make it 4-2, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Prado, acquired in a trade that sent former cornerstone Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, provided two insurance runs in the bottom half, first doubling in Parra, then scoring on Montero's sacrifice fly.

Game Notes

Arizona dropped five of six to St. Louis last year ... The Cardinals, who according to BaseballReference.com were playing in their 20,000th game, had won four straight season openers on the road ... Wainwright was making his third Opening Day start. He signed a five-year extension believed to be worth over $100 million last month ... On Tuesday, Arizona's Trevor Cahill will go up against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia.

04/02 02:01:30 ET

  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28
Final
ORL 98
WAS 105
Final
MIN 97
DET 91
Final
CLE 90
NYK 95
Final
DAL 120
UTA 102
Final
LAC 93
OKC 90
7:00pm Tonight
IND
MEM
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
CLE
 
8:30pm Tonight
MIL
PHI
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
POR
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
SAN
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
LAC
 
Final
LOU 31
FSU 42
Final
GASO 42
TROY 10
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
CIN
8:02pm Tonight
MEM
TULSA
Final
BUF 2
BOS 3
Final
PIT 3
LOS 0
Final
NJD 2
WIN 1
Final
FLA 2
ARI 1
Final
OTT 4
CHI 5
Final
TAM 4
PHI 3
Final
STL 2
ANA 0
Final
MIN 4
SJS 3
Final
COL 5
NYI 0
Final
VAN 3
MON 2
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
LOS
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
NAS
 
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28