ST. LOUIS — Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer within the eighth inning of his house debut with the Cardinals, lifting St. Louis over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday as followers returned to Busch Stadium for the primary time since 2019.
Arenado, a five-time All-Star acquired from Colorado on Feb. 1 after eight seasons with the Rockies, adopted a stroll to Austin Dean with the rating 1-1. Arenado turned on a primary pitch 96.6 mph providing from Drew Rasmussen (0-1) and despatched the ball 373 toes to left for his second homer this season.
Arenado pointed to the St. Louis dugout simply earlier than rounding first and screamed as he helped the Cardinals to their fourth straight win, setting off cheers from a crowd restricted by coronavirus protocols to 13,328.
Adam Wainwright began his sixth house opener, tying the franchise report set by the late Bob Gibson. The Cardinals wore patches with No. 45 on their left sleeves in honor of Gibson, the Corridor of Famer who died Oct. 2.
Wainwright, a 39-year-old righthander, allowed one run and 5 hits in 5 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Giovanny Gallegos (2-0) gave the Cardinals their third straight inning of hitless reduction, following Ryan Helsley and Andrew Miller.
Alex Reyes completed the six-hitter for his third save, permitting a leadoff single to Omar Narváez within the ninth and stranding him at third when Daniel Robertson hit a game-ending flyout.
Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, struck out 9 and walked none.
Travis Shaw had three hits for Milwaukee.
Keston Hiura doubled main off the third to interrupt an 0-for-20 slide that began the season and scored when Wainwright’s pickoff try sailed into centerfield and Dylan Carlson, who overran the ball on a play scored a double error.
Tyler O’Neill had a tying infield single off Eric Yardley within the seventh.
Milwaukee INF Kolten Wong acquired a standing ovation main off the sport. Wong spent eight years with the Cardinals earlier than St. Louis declined his possibility final fall. He turned a free agent and signed with the Brewers.
ROLEN TO NOLAN
Former St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Arenado. Rolen spent 17 seasons within the main leagues, together with 2002-2007 with the Cardinals.
Brewers: RHP Justin Topa was been moved to the 60-day IL with elbow discomfort.
Cardinals: INF Paul Goldschmidt was held out of Thursday’s sport resulting from decrease again tightness. The crew stated it was a precautionary measure.
St. Louis RHP Carlos Martinez (0-1, 7.20) will face RHP Adrian Houser (0-1, 3.60) within the second of the three-game collection on Saturday. Martinez, who shall be making his 125th profession begin, is 6-5 with a 2.23 ERA in 15 begins in opposition to the Brewers. Houser has allowed 11 runs in 17 1/Three innings in opposition to St. Louis.