Martinez cruises, Molina homers as Cards beat Brewers 6-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Carlos Martinez stayed in control and felt stronger as the game wore on.

After a dud of an outing on opening day, Martinez returned to the form that has made the St. Louis Cardinals' ace one of the top young right-handers in the game.

Martinez pitched into the ninth inning and struck out 10, Yadier Molina homered and the Cardinals beat the error-prone Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 on Wednesday night.

''I felt I was in pretty good control,'' Martinez said, ''and then after the sixth inning I was really focused. I was really, really in good control.''

Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler scored twice in the first three innings for the Cardinals, who beat their NL Central rivals a night after losing on a game-ending homer by Ryan Braun. St. Louis took two of three in the series.

A 4-0 lead after four innings was more than enough cushion for the hard-throwing Martinez (1-1), who rebounded from a rough opening-day start last week against the New York Mets by cruising through the Brewers' dangerous lineup at hitter-friendly Miller Park.

''He was still efficient even though he had guys on base,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''And, that's the stuff we expect to see. It was fun to watch him today.''

Martinez allowed four hits and two walks. The Brewers thought they might be getting to him early after putting leadoff batters on in the first and second, but both opportunities were wasted.

The two-time All-Star then retired 16 straight before Domingo Santana laced a one-out single in the seventh. Martinez's fastball still registered 93 mph in the ninth.

''Once we couldn't get anything going those first two innings, he did a nice job of settling in and was really good the rest of the way,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

Martinez left with one out in the ninth after Yairo Munoz, who entered as a defensive replacement at third base, mishandled a sharp grounder by Santana to put runners at first and second.

The Brewers loaded the bases against reliever Sam Tuivailala, but Bud Norris ended the game by getting Manny Pina to hit a soft bouncer in front of the mound for a 1-2-3 double play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (left hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Thursday to start the home opener against Arizona. Matheny said the team decided Wainwright was ready after running him through a final checkup Wednesday morning.

''I think they invented tests for me to try and pass to prove to them that I was ready,'' Wainwright said.

Brewers: LHP Wade Miley (left groin) might be able to start throwing off a mound next week, Counsell said. ... LHP Boone Logan (left triceps) could start throwing off a mound by the end of next week. ... C Stephen Vogt (right shoulder) will likely start throwing early next week. ... LF Christian Yelich (oblique) was replaced by Hernan Perez in the top of the seventh in what Counsell called a precautionary move. The Brewers were trailing by six at the time. Counsell said Yelich would likely get a day off Thursday with the Chicago Cubs scheduled to start LHP Jon Lester to open a four-game series.

ON THE MOUND

Molina hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1). The right-hander, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, allowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Only three runs were earned because of three Milwaukee errors, two by second baseman Jonathan Villar. His wayward throw to third trying to get Paul DeJong advancing on an infield single eluded Travis Shaw in the sixth. DeJong scored to make it a six-run lead.

Chacin's ERA is at 7.00 after two starts.

''I'm disappointed with my first two starts this year but I won't put my head down,'' he said. ''I'm going to keep working on my pitches.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Wainwright will pitch in his 345th career game when he starts Thursday, which would leave him three behind Todd Worrell for eighth place on the team's career list.

Brewers: LHP Brent Suter opens the series at home against the Cubs. He is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 innings in his last two starts against Chicago.

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  • W: C. Martinez (1-1)L: J. Chacin (0-1)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fowler RF32100210.154.241.308.5495.5
T. Pham CF51110012.333.429.542.9703.5
M. Carpenter 3B20010211.200.360.400.7602.5
a- Y. Munoz PH-3B10000011.200.200.200.400-0.5
M. Ozuna LF41210022.269.269.423.6923.0
J. Martinez 1B40000013.364.400.500.900-0.5
Y. Molina C31121000.261.280.652.9327.0
P. DeJong SS41200010.455.500.8641.3642.5
K. Wong 2B40100001.067.125.067.1921.0
C. Martinez P40100011.167.167.167.3330.5
S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for M. Carpenter in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Thames 1B40100010.250.368.500.8680.5
D. Jennings P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Yelich LF30000011.385.407.577.984-0.5
H. Perez LF10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
L. Cain CF30000110.360.429.6001.0290.5
T. Shaw 3B40100001.346.370.500.8701.0
D. Santana RF30100011.313.421.375.7961.5
J. Villar 2B40200021.304.304.304.6093.0
M. Pina C30000105.200.238.400.6381.0
E. Sogard SS30000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Chacin P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
O. Drake P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Aguilar PH-1B10000000.250.500.250.7500.0
  • a-fouled out for Jeffress in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler, T. Pham (2)
  • HR - Y. Molina (3)
  • SF - Y. Molina
  • RBI - T. Pham (2), M. Carpenter (2), M. Ozuna (5), Y. Molina 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Munoz
FIELDING
  • E - J. Villar 2 (2), C. Yelich
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 1-1)8.140021002.841.2633.0
S. Tuivailala0.01000009.003.50-1.0
B. Norris0.20000000.000.670.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 1-1)8.1
S. Tuivailala0.0
B. Norris0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 0-1)5.27632517.002.000.5
O. Drake1.10001302.081.623.5
J. Jeffress1.01000000.001.252.0
D. Jennings1.01001100.000.821.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 0-1)5.2
O. Drake1.1
J. Jeffress1.0
D. Jennings1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Martinez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 114-74, S. Tuivailala 9-6, B. Norris 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 8-7, B. Norris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 32, S. Tuivailala, B. Norris
PITCHING
  • WP - O. Drake
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 91-58, O. Drake 31-16, J. Jeffress 18-10, D. Jennings 17-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 10-2, O. Drake 1-0, J. Jeffress 3-0, D. Jennings 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 26, O. Drake 5, J. Jeffress 4, D. Jennings 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF51110012.333.429.542.9703.5
M. Carpenter 3B20010211.200.360.400.7602.5
a- Y. Munoz PH-3B10000011.200.200.200.400-0.5
M. Ozuna LF41210022.269.269.423.6923.0
J. Martinez 1B40000013.364.400.500.900-0.5
Y. Molina C31121000.261.280.652.9327.0
P. DeJong SS41200010.455.500.8641.3642.5
K. Wong 2B40100001.067.125.067.1921.0
C. Martinez P40100011.167.167.167.3330.5
S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for M. Carpenter in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Thames 1B40100010.250.368.500.8680.5
D. Jennings P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Yelich LF30000011.385.407.577.984-0.5
H. Perez LF10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
L. Cain CF30000110.360.429.6001.0290.5
T. Shaw 3B40100001.346.370.500.8701.0
D. Santana RF30100011.313.421.375.7961.5
J. Villar 2B40200021.304.304.304.6093.0
M. Pina C30000105.200.238.400.6381.0
E. Sogard SS30000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Chacin P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
O. Drake P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-fouled out for Jeffress in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler, T. Pham (2)
  • HR - Y. Molina (3)
  • SF - Y. Molina
  • RBI - T. Pham (2), M. Carpenter (2), M. Ozuna (5), Y. Molina 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Munoz
FIELDING
  • E - J. Villar 2 (2), C. Yelich
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 1-1)8.140021002.841.2633.0
S. Tuivailala0.01000009.003.50-1.0
B. Norris0.20000000.000.670.0
Total9.05002100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 1-1)8.1
S. Tuivailala0.0
B. Norris0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 0-1)5.27632517.002.000.5
O. Drake1.10001302.081.623.5
J. Jeffress1.01000000.001.252.0
D. Jennings1.01001100.000.821.5
Total9.0963491---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 0-1)5.2
O. Drake1.1
J. Jeffress1.0
D. Jennings1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Martinez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 114-74, S. Tuivailala 9-6, B. Norris 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 8-7, B. Norris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 32, S. Tuivailala, B. Norris
PITCHING
  • WP - O. Drake
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 91-58, O. Drake 31-16, J. Jeffress 18-10, D. Jennings 17-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 10-2, O. Drake 1-0, J. Jeffress 3-0, D. Jennings 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 26, O. Drake 5, J. Jeffress 4, D. Jennings 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Wong reached on an infield single to first, DeJong scored, Wong to second on 2nd baseman Villar fielding error60
    Molina hit sacrifice fly to left, Ozuna scored50
  • 4TH INNING
    Molina homered to left40
  • 3RD INNING
    Ozuna singled to shallow left, Pham scored30
    Carpenter grounded out to first, Fowler scored, Pham to third20
  • 1ST INNING
    Pham grounded out to third, Fowler scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked, Martinez to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez to third, Fowler out at second
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Matt Carpenter
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Munoz struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Shaw singled to shallow center
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana reached on fielder's choice to third, Shaw to second on 3rd baseman Munoz fielding error
    • Sam Tuivailala relieved Carlos Martinez
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Villar singled to center, Shaw to third, Santana to second
    • Bud Norris relieved Sam Tuivailala
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pina grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Shaw out at home
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Oliver Drake
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong singled to left
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Aguilar fouled out to catcher
    • E. Thames: Thames grounded out to first
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Hernan Perez in left
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike swinging, Shaw flied out to left
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to left
    • J. Villar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pina walked, Santana to second
    • E. Sogard: Sogard lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna singled to shallow left, Ozuna to second on left fielder Yelich fielding error
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop, Ozuna to third
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina hit sacrifice fly to left, Ozuna scored
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to shallow left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wong reached on an infield single to first, DeJong scored, Wong to second on 2nd baseman Villar fielding error
    • Oliver Drake relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Pham grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pina grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Sogard struck out on foul tip
    • J. Chacin: Chacin popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Molina homered to left
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to first
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Shaw popped out to second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • C. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • T. Pham: Pham doubled to deep left, Fowler to third
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter grounded out to first, Fowler scored, Pham to third
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna singled to shallow left, Pham scored
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Ball, Thames grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Yelich grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana hit by pitch
    • J. Villar: Villar singled to shallow center, Santana to second
    • M. Pina: Ball, Pina lined out to center, Santana to third
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Sogard struck out on foul tip, Villar stole second
    • J. Chacin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chacin struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler doubled to left center
    • T. Pham: Fowler to third on Chacin fielding error, Ball, Pham grounded out to third, Fowler scored
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Thames singled to deep right center
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Thames out at second
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain walked
    • T. Shaw: Pickoff attempt, Shaw flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)