Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals started a season without
three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols for the first time since 2000.
The reigning World Series champions didn't need him the way Kyle Lohse
pitched, as the Cardinals christened Marlins Park with a 4-1 victory over
Miami on Wednesday night.
The new-look Marlins, with a new manager, a revamped lineup and a sparkling
new stadium, were mere bystanders as Lohse (1-0) held them hitless for the
first six innings and allowed just one run over 7 1/3 frames.
David Freese, last year's World Series MVP, picked up where he left off with
three hits, including a two-run single in the first inning to get St. Louis'
title defense started on the right foot.
Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Carlos Beltran, added after Pujols
signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels, had two hits and
scored a run for the victors.
Josh Johnson (0-1), making his third straight Opening Day start for the
Marlins, was touched for three runs on 10 hits over six frames in defeat.
The matchup featured a first-year MLB manager in Mike Matheny for St. Louis
and Ozzie Guillen in the other dugout. Guillen spent eight years on the White
Sox's bench, guiding them to a World Series crown in 2005.
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