Aledmys Diaz hit two home runs and Michael Wacha gave up just one run over six innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-4 on Saturday.
"It really comes down to the ability to throw the ball over the plate and get ahead", Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I think his hallmark of his game is the downhill plane and he was at the bottom of the zone and below with his fastball".
After failing to go five innings on Opening Day, the veteran right-hander redeemed himself against the Cardinals.
Wacha (1-0) gave up three hits with six strikeouts against just one walk in his first start of the season. It took Votto six games to collect it, the second longest he's gone to start a season without a free pass. Duvall plated a run with a single to center. His 2006 campaign ended with him posting career bests in ERA (3.24) and innings pitched (240 2 /3 innings) while going 14-11 and earning his only All-Star selection. "I got some swings and misses on it, and guys played great defense behind me". His 2010 campaign featured him earning a career high in wins (17) and WHIP (1.14) in 33 starts that spanned 215 2/3 innings. He allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six Reds hitters. Adam Duvall (five hits; homer; two RBI; three runs) and Brandon Hamilton (five hits) were solid in that span as well.
"I'm happy with it", Leake said of the performance of the Cardinals starting pitching staff. "You know we get the pitcher out there it's 2-1 and I'm going into the fifth and you're looking pretty good, keep yourself in the ballgame. Diaz hurt me; those were the two worst pitches I threw all day".
Reds: Kevin Mesoraco (right hip surgical recovery) was not to have a day off Sunday in his injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Pensacola, then catch nine innings Monday. Randal Grichuk bobbled the ball for the inning's third miscue, allowing Suarez to score all the way from first for a 6-0 advantage. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Friday that RHP Trevor Rosenthal (right lat strain), who was scheduled to throw another bullpen session this weekend, might instead throw a simulated game on Saturday and then rejoin the team on its upcoming road trip. LHP Tyler Lyons (right knee) made a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Friday, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings and 58 pitches. Votto scored from second to make it 4-0.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.00) struck out 10 in 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the season opener against the Cubs. Robbie Grossman also doubled and singled for the Twins, who are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1987 when they went on to win the first of two World Series championships in Minnesota.