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|St. Louis (0-1)||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||4||10||1|
"That first one, he blew by me pretty easily," Wilson said. "Then I kind of stayed back and it felt pretty good. Just try to get it out there, put it in play, and then you have a chance."
Freddy Sanchez led off the ninth with a double off Motte, who won a three-way battle for the closer's job in spring training. Adam LaRoche singled in a run with two outs, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske doubled LaRoche to third and Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch before Wilson's drive to left-center.
Motte, a former catcher who moved to the mound in 2006, had a 1.46 ERA and five saves in spring training after debuting last season with an 0.82 ERA in 11 games with the Cardinals.
His fastball has been timed in the high 90s but when Motte got behind in the count, it wasn't nearly as effective. He refused to blame the weather or nerves from playing in front of a sellout crowd of 45,832.
"It's just one of those things," Motte said. "You go out there and have a bad outing, you can come back out there tomorrow and be the hero. You've just got to put it all behind you."
St. Louis didn't warm up anyone until after Wilson's hit.
Wilson had been 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a popup. He batted .170 in spring training with a homer and three RBI in 21 games.
"He's got a new approach up there, and I don't think he felt that comfortable in spring training," manager John Russell said. "Hopefully, this will help him to relax."
Matt Capps pitched the ninth for the save, sealing the third straight opening day win for the Pirates, who have finished last in the NL Central in three of the last four seasons. Nyjer Morgan had three hits and two RBI as the Pirates overcame three errors.
Albert Pujols was 3-for-4 with an intentional walk for the Cardinals. He is batting .419 hitter (13-for-31) with two homers, four doubles and 10 RBI in nine openers.
Adam Wainwright made his first official opening day start, a year after he pitched in an opener that was wiped out by rain after three innings. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, and he combined to strike out (seven) or walk (five) nearly half his 25 batters. While the strikeouts were one shy of his career best, he matched his high for walks, set in his final start last season. He even walked Pirates starter Paul Maholm on four pitches.
After Pittsburgh stranded five runners in the first two innings, St. Louis went ahead in the third on run-scoring singles by Khalil Greene and Ludwick following the first of LaRoche's two errors at third.
"It's not what I wanted, that's for sure," Wainwright said. "I wanted to carry my team deeper into the game, and I didn't."
Maholm had a team-high nine wins last year, the lowest total for a Pirates staff leader since 1981, and moved one slot ahead of '08 opening day starter Ian Snell and two slots ahead of Zach Duke ('07) in the rotation.
|Jack Wilson, who hit .170 this spring, hits a go-ahead bases-clearing double in the ninth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, LF||5||0||3||2||0||1||2||.600|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||5||.400|
|Nate McLouth, CF||3||0||0||0||2||2||1||.000|
|Ryan Doumit, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.000|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||1||.400|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.000|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Moss, RF||3||2||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Jack Wilson, SS||5||0||1||3||0||2||2||.200|
|Paul Maholm, P||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||1.000|
|Ramon Vazquez, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|a-doubled for Grabow in the 9th|
|2B - Freddy Sanchez (1, Motte), Eric Hinske (1, Motte), Jack Wilson (1, Motte)|
|RBI - Nyjer Morgan 2 (2), Adam LaRoche (1), Jack Wilson 3 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nyjer Morgan 2 (2), Adam LaRoche (1), Jack Wilson 3 (3)|
|SB - Nyjer Morgan (1, 2nd base off Wainwright/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - LaRoche-LaRoche|
|E - John Grabow (1, Throwing), Andy LaRoche 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|John Grabow (W,1-0)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Matt Capps (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|IBB - Pujols by Paul Maholm|
|HBP - Ankiel (by Paul Maholm)|
|WP - Paul Maholm (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 89-49, Tyler Yates 15-9, John Grabow 11-9, Matt Capps 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 11-9, Matt Capps 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 30, Tyler Yates 4, John Grabow 3, Matt Capps 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Brendan Ryan, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||3||0||1||0||0||.750|
|Khalil Greene, SS||5||0||1||1||0||0||4||.200|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.400|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Chris Duncan, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Joe Thurston, PR-3B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Barden, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Skip Schumaker, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Adam Wainwright, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Josh Kinney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Freese, 3B||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for McClellan in the 8th|
|2B - Albert Pujols (1, Maholm), Chris Duncan (1, Maholm), Adam Wainwright (1, Maholm)|
|HR - Ryan Ludwick (1, Yates)|
|SF - David Freese (1)|
|RBI - Khalil Greene (1), Ryan Ludwick 2 (2), David Freese (1)|
|SB - Skip Schumaker (1, 3rd base off Grabow/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - Yadier Molina (1)|
|E - Khalil Greene (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Josh Kinney (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Trever Miller (BS,1)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Jason Motte (BS,1; L,0-1)||1||4||4||4||0||1||0||36.00|
|HBP - Moss (by Jason Motte)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 94-54, Josh Kinney 12-5, Trever Miller 20-14, Kyle McClellan 14-8, Jason Motte 29-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 3-6, Trever Miller 1-0, Kyle McClellan 1-2, Jason Motte 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 25, Josh Kinney 2, Trever Miller 5, Kyle McClellan 5, Jason Motte 8|
|Attendance - 45832|
|Game Time - 3:02|
|Temperature - 42|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|