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St. Louis at Cincinnati

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Cardinals endure delay, win soggy series against Reds

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too.

The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier's two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.

The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. Some of the Cardinals spent their down time by studying Cincinnati's pitchers again and getting a little extra work in the indoor batting cages.

"It's tough to stay mentally into it," said Matt Adams, who had a single and a pair of doubles. "That's what we had to do to make sure we could go out there and perform. We're watching video and taking swings in the cage and stretching and making sure we're ready to go."

Finally on the field, the Cardinals emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.

It wasn't perfect -- St. Louis stranded eight runners -- but it was much better.

"We had a lot of opportunities that we missed, too," manager Mike Matheny said. "We had a lot of guys in scoring position."

St. Louis pulled away with three runs in the seventh, when Matt Holliday's single off the top of the outfield wall was upheld by the only video review of the series, this one initiated by the umpires.

Lance Lynn (1-0) gave up Jay Bruce's two-run homer and Frazier's solo shot during five innings. Frazier added a three-run homer in the seventh that cut it to 7-6. Trevor Rosenthal got the last four outs for his second save.

The series involved nearly as much waiting as playing.

There was a 2-hour, 40-minute delay before Wednesday's game, a 1-0 victory by Cincinnati. Along with the delay on Thursday, the teams wound up waiting 6 hours, 22 minutes to play during the two days.

As Thursday's delay stretched on, Reds reliever Sam LeCure tweeted: "Uncle."

"The whole series was kind of weird with all the rain and stuff," Frazier said. "It really put a damper on things."

The starters had a rough time after the delay.

Lynn beat the Reds three times last season, but couldn't get a 1-2-3 inning on Thursday. Bruce and Frazier hit back-to-back homers in the first for a 3-0 lead. Even Bailey had a single off Lynn, who gave up eight hits while throwing 107 pitches.

Peralta hit a two-run homer in the second off Bailey, and the Cardinals tied it with a breakthrough hit in the fourth. Adams doubled and came around on Jon Jay's double, the Cardinals' first hit with a runner in scoring position this season. They had been 0 for 17.

Jay's hit also extended his hitting streak to 15 games, including the end of last season.

Holliday's first hit of the season, an RBI double, put the Cardinals up 4-3 in the fifth. Bailey lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits, three walks and four runs.

The Cardinals added three in the seventh, when they loaded the bases on a pair of walks and Holliday's single off the top of the wall. The ball went over Billy Hamilton's glove and deflected to Bruce, who caught the ball. The umpires correctly ruled that it a hit off the top of the wall, and a 2-minute, 8-second review initiated by the umps upheld the call. They wanted to make sure the ball hadn't cleared the wall.

Allen Craig and Yadier Molina followed with RBI singles as St. Louis pulled ahead 7-3.

Notes

The game ended 7 hours, 23 minutes after it was originally scheduled to start. ... Shelby Miller starts for the Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Friday against Gerrit Cole. Mike Leake goes for the Reds in New York against the Mets' Jenrry Mejia. ... Adams dived into the stands trying to catch a foul ball, and pushed a fan who reached up and caught it before he could get it. "I was trying to stop myself from going into the stands," Adams said. "People came up to me and said I shoved him. I didn't even know. I'm not that type of guy to go after anybody." ... It was Frazier's fourth career multihomer game. ... Hamilton walked in the eighth inning, reaching base for the first time this season. He is 0 for 12 with six strikeouts.

 
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St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta reacts upon completing his two-run home run in the second inning.  (USATSI)
St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta reacts upon completing his two-run home run in the second inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
St. Louis

M. Adams
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4110110 .182
Kolten Wong, 2B3210200 .333
Matt Holliday, LF4121100 .167
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Allen Craig, RF-LF4011103 .167
Yadier Molina, C5011005 .250
Matt Adams, 1B5230013 .417
Jhonny Peralta, SS4112005 .091
Jon Jay, CF-RF3011111 .333
Lance Lynn, P2000020 .000
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH1000001 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   b-Shane Robinson, PH1000003 .000
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Peter Bourjos, CF0000000 .000
Totals36711665  
a-grounded out for Lynn in the 6th
b-grounded out for Choate in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (1, Bailey), Matt Adams 2 (3, Bailey), Jon Jay (1, Bailey)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (1, Bailey)
RBI - Matt Holliday (1), Allen Craig (1), Yadier Molina (2), Jhonny Peralta 2 (2), Jon Jay (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (2)
CS - Jon Jay (1, 3rd base by Bailey/Barnhart)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jon Jay (1, Dropped fly)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,1-0) 5833172 5.40
Randy Choate (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Kevin Siegrist 0.1122110 18.00
Pat Neshek (H,1) 1.1111121 6.75
Trevor Rosenthal (S,2) 1.1000010 0.00
WP - Lance Lynn (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 107-75, Randy Choate 9-7, Kevin Siegrist 15-9, Pat Neshek 30-18, Trevor Rosenthal 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 3-6, Randy Choate 3-0, Trevor Rosenthal 1-2
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 25, Randy Choate 3, Kevin Siegrist 3, Pat Neshek 6, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF4000111 .000
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010042 .182
Joey Votto, 1B4230100 .455
Jay Bruce, RF4222102 .182
Todd Frazier, 3B5224022 .455
Chris Heisey, LF4010000 .333
   Curtis Partch, P0000000 .000
Zack Cozart, SS4000024 .000
Tucker Barnhart, C4000013 .000
Homer Bailey, P2010010 .500
   Nick Christiani, P0000000 .000
   a-Neftali Soto, PH1000000 .000
   Trevor Bell, P0000000 .000
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   Roger Bernadina, LF1000000 .000
Totals386106311  
a-grounded out for Christiani in the 6th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (2, Lynn)
HR - Jay Bruce (1, Lynn), Todd Frazier 2 (2, Lynn)
RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (2), Todd Frazier 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (2), Todd Frazier (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,0-1) 4.1744331 8.31
Nick Christiani 1.2100010 0.00
Trevor Bell 0133200 0.00
Logan Ondrusek 1200100 0.00
Curtis Partch 2000010 0.00
IBB - Jay by Logan Ondrusek
WP - Logan Ondrusek (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 93-51, Nick Christiani 17-11, Trevor Bell 18-8, Logan Ondrusek 25-15, Curtis Partch 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 8-1, Nick Christiani 1-2, Logan Ondrusek 1-2, Curtis Partch 3-2
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 22, Nick Christiani 5, Trevor Bell 3, Logan Ondrusek 6, Curtis Partch 6
Game Information
Attendance - 16857
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley