Cards Win Opener

Yadier Molina homered for the game's only run and Adam Wainwright fired seven splendid innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals begin defense of their National League pennant with a 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park. Wainwright (1-0) held the Reds to three singles and racked up nine strikeouts while working around four walks to barely outperform counterpart Johnny Cueto in a terrific Opening Day pitchers' duel. The two aces were engaged in a scoreless deadlock that Molina broke with a one-out homer in the top of the seventh. Cueto (0-1) was otherwise outstanding as well, yielding just three hits and the game's only run while fanning eight over his seven-inning stint. Molina and Matt Adams each collected two hits for St. Louis, which managed just five as a team.