Kyle Loshe leads the St. Louis Cardinals to an Opening Day victory

The St. Louis Cardinals opened their season against the Miami, Marlins and came out on top 4-1.

Kyle Loshe stepped in as the Opening Day starter for the Cardinals after Chris Carpenter was sidelined for nerve irritation.

Loshe pitched six hit-less innings in the new Miami ballpark before Jose Reyes drove a single to the right side in the seventh inning.

It didn’t take the Redbirds long to deliver, as the Marlins’ starter, Josh Johnson, struggled to settle in.  Carlos Beltran hit a lead off single in the first inning, followed by a double by Lance Berkman, and a 2 RBI hit by World Series MVP David Freese. This gave the Cards an early 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Cardinals added a third run on Rafael Furcal’s two-out single, and a fourth driven in by Daniel Descalso in the eighth.

Loshe came out of the game in the eighth inning, leaving the 4-0 shutout in the hands Fernando Salas. He however, was not able to hold it, giving up an RBI double to John Buck.

This game marked Mike Matheny’s managerial debut, taking over for Tony LaRussa. It was also Redbird’s first game without All-Star first baseman, Albert Pujols.

The Marlins’ will be facing the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, and the Cardinals’ next game will be against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

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