April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) throws in the sixth inning again the Miami Marlins during opening day at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day: Cardinals Take First Game of 2012 Season, 4-1

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins tangle in the first regular season game at Miami's gleaming, garish new ballpark.

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Cardinals Vs. Marlins: Kyle Lohse's No-Hitter Ends At 6 Innings

Kyle Lohse nearly turned the Miami Marlins’ first game at their new ballpark into the wrong kind of history, taking a no-hitter through six innings, but import Jose Reyes singled through the infield to bring the crowd to life in the seventh—right before he was erased on an excellent play by Kyle Lohse on an Emilio Bonifacio grounder. The Cardinals lead 3-0 on RBIs from David Freese and Rafael Furcal; it’s been an impressive performance thus far from Lohse, who was the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter only thanks to Chris Carpenter’s nerve injury.

Reyes has the first home-team hit in the Marlins’ new ballpark’s short history, but he’s not their first baserunner—Emilio Bonifacio was hit by a pitch earlier, staying on first base until he was wiped out himself by a double play.

Lohse has two strikeouts and has yet to allow a walk in his seven innings. A one-hitter isn’t quite as exciting as a no-hitter, but the Cardinals will certainly take it.


Cardinals Vs. Marlins: David Freese Drives In 2 (Also Won World Series Last Year)

The St. Louis Cardinals got out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning in their Opening Day contest vs. the Miami Marlins Wednesday night, when David Freese singled in two runs and continued the run of outstanding and timely hitting that began back in the 2011 postseason, when he did that whole win-the-World-Series thing. He's 2-3 against the Marlins' Josh Johnson, with the 2 RBI and a strikeout.

Johnson has been dinged up on balls in play—he's allowed nine hits in six innings in his return to major league action after shoulder problems cost him most of 2011. Kyle Lohse hasn't allowed a hit or a walk in five innings.

The Cardinals' other run comes on a base hit from Rafael Furcal, who has two and a stolen base after worrying the Cardinals with his poor play in spring training. So far every Cardinals starter but Matt Holliday has a base hit, which will be great for people who are determined to see him as a disappointment even now.


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St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day: Kyle Lohse Is Game 1 Starter By Default

This probably isn't how Kyle Lohse or the St. Louis Cardinals wanted things to go down, but Lohse—who, for his part, did lead the World Series champions in wins (14) and ERA (3.39) last season—will be getting the Opening Day nod for the Cardinals as they play against the newly christened Miami Marlins Wednesday night. It's Lohse's second Opening Day start, and it's equally as strange as the first one he made, which came on a rainout; this year's comes after after Chris Carpenter's nerve issue put him on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

So: It will be Lohse's job to keep the Marlins from lighting up their incredibly Miami-ish home run feature on opening night at their new retractable-roof stadium. In case you were wondering, he allowed 16 home runs in 188 innings last season.

Adam Wainwright, for his part, will still make his return to the Cardinals' rotation against the Milwaukee Brewers, on Saturday.

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