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Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 2

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PHOENIX -- Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night.

Kennedy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk.

St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (0-1) went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. He struck out six with no walks.

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Arizona's Gerardo Parra matched his career best with four hits, three of them doubles. Rookie A.J. Pollock was 3 for 4, including a two-run double, and Martin Prado doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored for the Diamondbacks.

Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Daniel Descalso a run-scoring single for St. Louis.

The Diamondbacks' seven doubles were more than they had in any game in the last two seasons.

Kennedy, 15-12 last year after going 21-4 in 2011, dominated after giving up consecutive one-out doubles to Matt Carpenter and Holliday to put St. Louis up 1-0 in the first.

David Hernandez threw a perfect eighth and Brad Ziegler did the same in the ninth for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona scored three times off Wainwright in the fourth.

After one-out singles by Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel lofted an RBI double to right-center to tie it at 1. Pollock, starting because of injuries to Adam Eaton and Cody Ross, lined a double off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay to bring in two and Arizona led 3-1.

The Diamondbacks added an unearned run on second baseman Descalso's throwing error in the fifth. Prado, acquired from Atlanta in the Justin Upton trade, doubled to deep right-center, then Aaron Hill hit a slow grounder to second. Descalso threw in the dirt trying to throw to first and the ball bounced off the glove of first baseman Allen Craig as Prado raced home to make it 4-1.

Arizona got two more in the seventh. With Fernando Salas on the mound, Parra and Prado doubled, then Hill singled. Marc Rzepczynski relieved Salas and gave up an RBI sacrifice fly to Montero.

Notes

Entering the game, Kennedy was 1-3 against Cardinals with an 8.59 ERA. ... Kennedy was the winning pitcher when Arizona beat San Francisco in its season opener a year ago. .. Former Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb, whose career was cut short by arm trouble, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Wainwright made his second career opening day start. ... The Cardinals send left-hander Jaime Garcia to the mound Tuesday night while the Diamondbacks go with right-hander Trevor Cahill. ... The only other Arizona rookie with three hits on opening day was Travis Lee, who did it in the Diamondbacks' first game in 1998. ... Attendance was a sellout of 48,033.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF4010020 .250
Matt Carpenter, 3B4110001 .250
Matt Holliday, LF4011000 .250
Allen Craig, 1B4000020 .000
Carlos Beltran, RF3000011 .000
Yadier Molina, C3110020 .333
Daniel Descalso, 2B3011010 .333
Pete Kozma, SS2000120 .000
Adam Wainwright, P2000001 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .000
    Joe Kelly, P0000000 .000
Totals30252110  
a-grounded out for Rzepczynski in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (1, Kennedy), Matt Holliday (1, Kennedy), Yadier Molina (1, Kennedy)
RBI - Matt Holliday (1), Daniel Descalso (1)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Descalso (1)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Craig-Kozma
E - Daniel Descalso (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,0-1) 61143060 4.50
Fernando Salas0322000 0.00
Marc Rzepczynski 1000110 0.00
Joe Kelly 1100010 0.00
IBB - Goldschmidt by Marc Rzepczynski
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 102-69, Fernando Salas 15-11, Marc Rzepczynski 18-9, Joe Kelly 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 7-3, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Joe Kelly 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Fernando Salas 3, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Joe Kelly 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF5140000 .800
Martin Prado, 3B5221002 .400
Aaron Hill, 2B4020001 .500
Miguel Montero, C3111012 .333
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3110110 .333
Jason Kubel, LF4121001 .500
A.J. Pollock, CF4032012 .750
Cliff Pennington, SS4000034 .000
Ian Kennedy, P3000023 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
Totals36615518  
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gerardo Parra 3 (3, Wainwright, Salas, Kelly), Martin Prado 2 (2, Wainwright, Salas), Jason Kubel (1, Wainwright), A.J. Pollock (1, Wainwright)
SF - Miguel Montero (1)
RBI - Martin Prado (1), Miguel Montero (1), Jason Kubel (1), A.J. Pollock 2 (2)
CS - Gerardo Parra (1, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - A.J. Pollock 1
DP - Hill-Pennington-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (W,1-0) 7522180 2.57
David Hernandez 1000020 0.00
Brad Ziegler 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 94-67, David Hernandez 13-9, Brad Ziegler 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 8-3, David Hernandez 1-0, Brad Ziegler 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 25, David Hernandez 3, Brad Ziegler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48033
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Mark Carlson