Arizona Diamondbacks Drop 15 Hits in 6-2 Opening Day Victory Against St. Louis Cardinals
Martn Prado takes a swing during the Arizona Diamondbacks' season opener with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. See more photos from opening day.
Photos by Jim Louvau
The 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks have won game one of 162.
The D-backs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 at Chase Field last night, in the team's first game in the post-Justin Upton era.
The Cardinals got on the board first, as Matt Holliday's double of the D-backs' Ian Kennedy scored one run in the first inning.
The Diamondbacks would respond with a series of hits against Adam Wainwright in the fourth. Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt singled, and Jason Kubel doubled, scoring one. A.J. Pollock -- filling in for injured outfielders Adam Eaton and Cody Ross -- doubled in the next at-bat, scoring two more.
Martin Prado got his first hit as a member of the Diamondbacks in his third at-bat, in the fifth inning, and ended up scoring a run as he dove into home head-first on a throwing error, as Aaron Hill tried to run out a ground ball.
The Diamondbacks fifth and sixth runs came in the seventh inning, as Prado drove in a run with a double, and Montero got an RBI with a sacrifice fly.
Ian Kennedy struck out eight en route to his first win of the year last night at Chase Field.
The Cardinals' second run also came off Kennedy, who was dominant, for the most part -- he struck out eight and walked just one, while allowing five hits and two runs through seven innings.
Daniel Hernandez and Brad Ziegler came out of the bullpen for the D-backs in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to keep the 6-2 score final.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in his winning debut with the Braves. Erstwhile D-backs third-baseman Chris Johnson hit a single and double for the Braves in his debut.