After a false start on opening day, the St. Louis Cardinals offense found its stroke Tuesday, blasting its way to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Left fielder Matt Holliday, who oddly gave himself up with a grounder to second base with a man on second and no outs in the fourth inning to help push across the first St. Louis run, provided production in his more traditional manner in the sixth.
He took a three wood swing at a low pitch and golfed a line drive over the left field wall to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. St. Louis added on to its lead on home runs by Pete Kozma and Jon Jay.
After falling behind early, the Redbirds scored six unanswered runs to even their season record at 1-1.
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Edward Mujica bailed the Cardinals out of a bases loaded, two out jam in the sixth. Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs each contributed a sharp inning to close out the game.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Carpenter made two excellent defensive plays and added a pair of doubles at the plate.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's home run.
Lowlight: St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia pitched 5 2/3 strong innings with one run allowed on two hits. But he walked the bases loaded with two outs in his last frame and nearly found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He's got to trust his stuff and be aggressive to succeed.