CINCINNATI (AP) — The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too.
The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier's two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.
The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. Some of the Cardinals spent their down time by studying Cincinnati's pitchers again and getting a little extra work in the indoor batting cages.
"It's tough to stay mentally into it," said Matt Adams, who had a single and a pair of doubles. "That's what we had to do to make sure we could go out there and perform. We're watching video and taking swings in the cage and stretching and making sure we're ready to go."
Finally on the field, the Cardinals emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.
It wasn't perfect — St. Louis stranded eight runners — but it was much better.
"We had a lot of opportunities that we missed, too," manager Mike Matheny said. "We had a lot of guys in scoring position."
St. Louis pulled away with three runs in the seventh, when Matt Holliday's single off the top of the outfield wall was upheld by the only video review of the series, this one initiated by the umpires.
Lance Lynn (1-0) gave up Jay Bruce's two-run homer and Frazier's solo shot during five innings. Frazier added a three-run homer in the seventh that cut it to 7-6. Trevor Rosenthal got the last four outs for his second save.
The series involved nearly as much waiting as playing.