Wain­wright leads Car­di­nals past Cubs in opener

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Adam Wain­wright threw six sharp innings to out­pitch Jon Lester as the St. Louis Car­di­nals handed new Chicago Cubs manager Joe Mad­don a 3-0 loss Sun­day in the Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son opener.

Ja­son Hey­ward had three hits in his St. Louis de­but and Matt Hol­l­i­day drove in two runs for the Na­tional League Cen­tral cham­pi­ons. Matt Car­pen­ter also had two hits at newly ren­o­vated Wrigley Field as the top third of the Car­di­nals’ lineup went 7 for 14 with three RBIs.

Play­ing their most an­tic­i­pated opener in years, the Cubs went 0 for 13 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Lester was pulled with one out in the fifth in­ning. The ace left-han­der, who got a US$155 mil­lion, six-year con­tract from Chicago dur­ing free agency, al­lowed three runs and eight hits in his fifth straight open­ing day start.

The big­gest dif­fer­ence for the home team was a gi­ant video­screen in left field, part of a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion for the iconic ball­park.

Hey­ward got the ma­jors’ first hit of the sea­son when he dou­bled and scored on Hol­l­i­day’s sin­gle in the first. Hol­l­i­day had an­other RBI sin­gle in the fifth.

Wain­wright, who was slowed by an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury early in spring train­ing, struck out six with no walks. He gave up all five Cubs hits.

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