Monday, April 2, 2018

Yonder Alonso's grand slam leads Cleveland over Mariners 6-5

A little of the pressure to contribute right away with his new club has been lifted from Yonder Alonso.
Hitting a grand slam in just the second game of the season will take away some stress.
"After this game, doing something for the team, I think it helps you get settled a little bit, which is nice," Alonso said.
Alonso hit his third career grand slam in the first inning, Yan Gomes added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
Alonso and Gomes provided the big blows off Seattle starter James Paxton, who struggled with command and failed to make it out of the fifth inning.
Alonso was the beneficiary of a pair of two-out walks in the first inning to Edwin Encarnacion and Rajai Davis that loaded the bases. Davis' at-bat was crucial as he fouled off three 3-2 pitches before walking. Paxton (0-1) left a fastball in the middle of the plate and Alonso clubbed his first grand slam since June 6, 2015, when he was with San Diego. It was just his 12th career home run against left-handed pitching.
"(Rajai) had what felt like a 20-pitch at-bat," Alonso said. "Just kept fouling off pitches and the guys obviously before him had really good at-bats. ... I think it was all brought because of the guys in front of me."
Gomes' two-run shot became the difference, driving a 2-2 fastball from Paxton to the deepest part of Safeco Field. Paxton gave up six earned runs and walked four.
"I wasn't locating my fastball very well, and when I did, it was over the plate," Paxton said.
Paxton's day would have been worse if not for Ichiro Suzuki showing that he can still be a defensive star even at age 44.
Suzuki robbed Jose Ramirez of a home run leading off the third inning, timing his leap perfectly to reach above the wall in left field and pull back a ball that appeared destined for the bullpens beyond the fence. Suzuki also had his first two hits for Seattle since July 21, 2012, before he was traded to the New York Yankees.
Suzuki reached on an infield single and scored in the third inning, and moved into 21st place by himself on the all-time hits list with a two-out single off Andrew Miller in the seventh. Suzuki passed Cap Anson on the hits list with 3,082.
"I'd never made a play like that in left field, but I was able to get to the ball quick and get to the wall. I'm glad it worked out," Suzuki said through an interpreter.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco wasn't at his best, either, but pitched into the sixth inning to get the victory. Carrasco (1-0) gave up five runs and seven hits, but didn't walk a batter.
Seattle worked its way back from the early four-run deficit on the strength of home runs by Mitch Haniger and a two-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning to pull within 6-5. Cruz had just one home run in his first 48 at-bats last season; he's got two in six at-bats this year.
But Seattle could never draw even as Zach McAllister and Andrew Miller pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, before Cody Allen pitched the ninth for the save.
As if Seattle needed more injury issues, Cruz left the game with a twisted right ankle after slipping on the dugout steps following his home run in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative but Cruz will undergo an MRI on Sunday. Cruz was wearing a protective boot after the game.
"When I heard that, I wanted to throw up," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "I really don't know any other way to put it. Our club has just battled through a bunch of nagging injuries here in spring training and early in the season here."
Cruz's absence was felt in the eighth after Robinson Cano led off with a bloop double but never advanced. Guillermo Heredia, pinch-hitting for Cruz, was unable to bunt Cano to third and flew out. Miller finished the inning with strikeouts of Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy.
Indians: OF Michael Brantley is expected to remain in Arizona through at least Tuesday before a decision is made on where he goes as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.
Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Friday as he continues to recover from a strained lat muscle. Ramirez is likely to throw another simulated game before going out on a rehab assignment.
Indians: Trevor Bauer gets his first start of 2018. Bauer won a career-high 17 games in 2017 and had a career-low ERA for a full season of 4.19.
Mariners: Mike Leake makes his 2018 debut trying to build on his close to 2017. Leake was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts after being acquired by Seattle late last season.

Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees 5-3

 With the Toronto Blue Jays struggling to score runs, Kevin Pillar found another way to create some offense.
Yangervis Solarte hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Pillar added an insurance run by stealing second, third and home to send the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-3 Saturday for their first win of the season.
"Sometimes when runs are tough to come by, especially early on in the year, you've got to go out there and try to make some stuff happen," Pillar said.
The Blue Jays bounced back from two straight losses in which they totaled three runs. Tyler Austin homered twice for the Yankees.
Solarte began the eighth with a deep drive to center field off Dellin Betances (0-1) for a 4-3 lead.
"He threw me a pitch that I liked and it went out," Solarte said.
Pillar hit a one-out single and swiped his way to third. The speedy outfielder then broke for the plate with Gift Ngoepe at bat, and Betances threw wildly to the backstop as Pillar scored standing up.
"I kind of looked at him and I noticed he was a little far away from third base," Betances said. "I thought to myself I could try to come set, step off and throw, but I rushed the throw. That's a big mistake there. I can't do that."
It was Toronto's first straight steal of home since Aaron Hill did it against New York on May 29, 2007.
Betances allowed two runs and three hits in two innings. The Blue Jays stole four times in the eighth against him.
"I felt good overall but I kind of let things unravel a little bit there," Betances said.
New manager Aaron Boone said he will stick with Betances, who has allowed runs in both appearances this season after struggling last September.
"We'll continue to work with him, continue to believe in him and continue to need him in big situations," Boone said.
Justin Smoak had three hits on his bobblehead doll day as the Blue Jays denied New York its first 3-0 start since 2003.
Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his first save.
Austin homered in consecutive at bats against Marco Estrada, the first multihomer game of his career. Austin hit a two-run drive in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh. Both homers reached the second deck, and both tied the score.
"A little peek into the strength of Tyler Austin right there," Boone said.
The Yankees lost two players to injuries.
Outfielder Billy McKinney sprained his left shoulder when he crashed into the left field scoreboard while chasing Josh Donaldson's double in the first. After being checked by the trainer, McKinney stayed in for one more batter before being replaced by Brett Gardner. McKinney made his major league debut a day earlier.
Following the game, McKinney was put on the 10-day disabled list and infielder Miguel Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Boone said Andujar will be used at third, first and DH.
Boone said McKinney's recovery time would be "at least a few weeks."
Yankees reliever Adam Warren exited in the sixth after being struck on the right ankle by Aledmys Diaz's comebacker. Jonathan Holder came on and immediately gave up a tiebreaking single to Luke Maile. X-rays on Warren's ankle were negative and he will be re-evaluated Sunday.
Toronto took its first lead of the season on Smoak's RBI single in the first, then took a 2-0 on Smoak's RBI double in the third off CC Sabathia.
Making his first career start in center field, Aaron Judge went 0 for 4 for the Yankees. He played the position after an injury to Aaron Hicks in the opener.
The 6-foot-7 Judge tied Walt Bond of the 1964 Houston Colt .45s as the tallest center field in major league history.
Pillar is the first big league to steal three bases in an inning since San Diego's Wil Myers did it last Aug. 16. Pillar is the first Blue Jays player to record three stolen bases in an inning.
All four New York hits were for extra bases.
Yankees: X-rays on McKinney's shoulder were negative. McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Friday after Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right ribcage. Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are also on the DL.
Blue Jays: Donaldson (dead arm) felt good after throwing on the field before the game. Manager John Gibbons said he expects Donaldson to return to his position within "the next couple of days." Donaldson made his second straight start at DH Saturday. ... 2B Devon Travis and C Russell Martin got the day off. Gibbons said Travis, who missed more than 100 games last year because of a right knee injury, will get at least one day off every three days for the time being. ... LHP Sam Moll cleared waivers and was assigned to the minor leagues.
Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray is 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman was limited to two starts in spring training because of a sore shoulder. He's 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 13 career starts against the Yankees.

McCullers fans 10, Correa has 4 hits, Astros top Rangers 9-3

Carlos Correa thinks Lance McCullers Jr. is headed for a big season. McCullers feels the same way about Correa.
McCullers struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, Correa hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Saturday.
"What I've seen from Lance in spring training is he's nasty, he's just filthy," Correa said. "I really believe that if he stays healthy for the whole year, he can be in the conversation for a Cy Young Award."
McCullers volleyed the compliment right back to the star shortstop.
"That was nice of him to say. The same goes for him. I think if it continues to click for him, he's MVP-caliber player, obviously," he said.
Correa and reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve each went 4 for 5 and scored twice for the World Series champions. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run homer, and Marwin Gonzalez also drove in two runs.
"As a team, we're taking a lot of pride in the pitches we swing at and the pitches we take," Correa said. "I hope we can stay consistent with that."
Manager A.J. Hinch was pleased with Houston's 14-hit offense.
"I think we can go from any position in the lineup and do some damage," he said. "Obviously, Jake at the bottom. If we can continue to get production throughout the lineup, we'll be really hard to kick out of games."
Elvis Andrus had two hits for Texas, including his first homer of the season. He scored each of the Rangers' three runs.
Matt Moore (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings in his Texas debut. The left-hander went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA last season with San Francisco.
Houston opened a 3-0 lead in the second. Evan Gattis led off with a double and scored when Brian McCann's popup fell in front of right fielder Nomar Mazara for a single. Marisnick followed with his second homer.
Doubles by Correa and Gonzalez produced another run in the third.
"It's a good first inning, good fourth inning," Moore said. "So, I've got to be better with that, those middle innings."
Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. George Springer hit an RBI double in the sixth, and Correa connected in the seventh.
Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel, recovering from surgery on his left hand, had eight at-bats in a minor league spring training game. "He'll do it again (Sunday) and again on Monday, and then we'll have to evaluate what Tuesday looks like," Hinch said. When Gurriel is ready to play, he'll serve a five-game suspension for a racially insensitive gesture during the 2017 World Series.
Rangers: CF Delino DeShields went on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone and is expected to miss four to six weeks. "Got to get (the bone) taken out and not worry about it anymore," DeShields said. "I'm aiming for three (weeks)." He will be examined by Dr. Thomas DiLiberti on Monday.
McCann was the only left-handed batter in Houston's lineup against Moore.
Hinch said Sunday's lineup is likely to be all right-handed, with Max Stassi replacing McCann against another lefty, Mike Minor. Last season, left-handers hit .163 against Minor.
Astros: The four-game series concludes with RHP Gerrit Cole (12-12, 4.26 ERA last season for Pittsburgh) making his Houston debut.
Rangers: Minor (6-6, 2.55 in relief for Kansas City in 2017) is scheduled for his first major league start since 2014.

Trout, Cozart each drive in 2 as Angels top A's, 8-3

A new team. A couple of new positions. A different spot in the batting order.
Welcome to Zack Cozart's first week with the Los Angeles Angels.
"A little different," Cozart said.
If all the upheaval is bothering the veteran infielder, it's hard to tell.
Cozart had two hits and two RBIs, Mike Trout also drove in two runs and the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Saturday.
Los Angeles finished with 12 hits. Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs, and No. 9 batter Rene Rivera had two hits and scored two runs.
Cozart, who signed a $38 million, three-year deal with Los Angeles in free agency, helped the Angels get off to a fast start. He tripled and scored on Trout's double in the first. He also hit a two-run double in a three-run sixth as Los Angeles jumped out a 7-0 lead.
Cozart played shortstop during his first seven seasons with Cincinnati. But he started at second on opening day and played third and second in Los Angeles' second game before starting at second again on Saturday after Ian Kinsler went on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Cozart is batting .357 (5 for 14) with four extra-base hits with his new team.
"It says a lot for Zack, it says a lot for his ability and it says a lot for his talent," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made a great transition to third base and at second base he's making a seamless transition."
Cozart turned a double play in the bottom of the fourth.
"Probably the hardest thing about second is the double play," Cozart said. "You're blind making that throw when you first catch it."
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker (1-0) gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four while improving to 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last seven starts against Oakland.
Shoemaker got two quick outs in the sixth on three pitches. Then he walked Jed Lowrie on four pitches, the first of five straight batters to reach in a three-run inning.
"Being honest, that's atrocious," Shoemaker said. "I've got to find a way to re-focus in, bear down. I thought I was doing that, I just missed the zone."
A's starter Daniel Mengden (0-1) was charged with six runs, five earned, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also threw two wild pitches.
"I thought he threw the ball well," A's catcher Bruce Maxwell said. "His command was there. There were some mishaps behind the plate that were my fault. It's on me that the game was out of reach more than it should have. He showed a lot of poise on the mound."
Oakland stranded nine runners, including five in scoring position.
Scioscia moved past former A's and Angels manager Dick Williams for 21st all-time with his 1,572nd win. ... The A's acquired RHP Josh Lucas from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for RHP Casey Meisner. The A's optioned Lucas to Triple-A Nashville. ... Angels RHP Luke Bard pitched a scoreless ninth in his major league debut.
"There's not a ton to go on. Our reports from Japan are that he could be upwards of 100 mph, with a good split and he knows what he's doing. We'll get a first-hand look at it tomorrow, but usually you have a better idea going to the plate what you're going to see. In this case, maybe not so much." - A's manager Bob Melvin on facing two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.
The A's honored civil rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez on what would have been his 91st birthday, a state holiday in California. About 200 of his relatives attended the game.
Angels: Kinsler was placed on the DL with a groin sprain. INF Nolan Fontana was promoted from the minors.
Athletics: OF Matt Joyce (ankle soreness) was in Saturday's lineup as the DH.
Ohtani makes his major league pitching debut in Sunday's series finale. He'll be opposed by RHP Daniel Gossett.

LA Galaxy 4, Los Angeles Football Club 3 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Even in the land of movie stars and storybook endings, who could've scripted this?
Less than 48 hours after landing at LAX, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his MLS arrival in astounding fashion, striking a stunning 77th-minute equalizer before hitting a match-winning header in stoppage time as an encore.
And when the dust settled on one of the biggest matches in MLS regular-season history, the LA Galaxy had come from three goals down for a stunning 4-3 victory over LAFC in the inaugural edition of a fixture fans have dubbed "El Trafico."
The Swedish superstar came on in the 71st minute with the Galaxy trailing 3-1 after an outstanding first 50 minutes from the visitors at StubHub Center; Mexico international Carlos Vela notably logged his first MLS brace.
Chris Pontius' header two minutes after the substitution cut the deficit to one. Then the man known around the world simply as "Ibra" caught hold of a volley some 40-yards from goal and hammered it over helplessly stranded goalkeeper Tyler Miller.
LAFC had chances to steal three points late, with Marco Urena striking the post and Eduard Atuesta dragging an effort just wide.
They would regret those misses, as Ibrahimovic had a winner to spare in his endless bag of tricks, taking an aerial duel to thump home a thunderous header and providing the Galaxy a miracle victory on an afternoon no one will forget.

Columbus Crew SC 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Booed on every touch by Columbus Crew SC fans, Kei Kamara scored the winner on a triumphant return to Columbus to lift the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 2-1 win over his former club at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Kamara beat Wil Trapp to a well-weighted Felipe cross and headed past Zack Steffen in the 78th minute to cap the Whitecaps comeback. It was his third goal of the season, 101st in his career and sixth in 15 all-time matches against Crew SC (3-1-1), who suffered their first loss of the season. 
The goal came just after Alphonso Davies had a goal called back following Video Review after it was determined he handled a Kamara pass before a rampaging run at goal.
Gyasi Zardes scored his fourth goal of the season just before the half-hour mark to put Crew SC in front, 1-0. Vancouver goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic dove to push aside a long-distance Pedro Santos attempt. But he spilled it directly to Zardes, who easily tapped in the game’s first goal.
The road warrior Brek Shea leveled for Vancouver (3-1-1) in the 51st minute, smashing a ball that came off the hands of Steffen, who challenged a Bernie Ibini-Isel cross. It was Shea’s second goal of the season — both coming away from BC Place.
Artur had a golden chance to equalize when he latched onto a Federico Higuain corner, but he put his glancing header off the crossbar.

Eaton has 5 hits including HR, Nationals beat Reds 13-7

 Adam Eaton rounded second base on his homer, glanced toward the stands and spotted his parents, brother, wife and former college teammates cheering. He pointed his right index finger toward them, his way of sharing the big day.
Eaton had solo homer among his career-high five hits and Brian Goodwin hit his first career grand slam on Saturday, powering the Washington Nationals to a 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Nationals leadoff hitter grew up in southwest Ohio and attended Miami University, a 45-minute drive north of Great American Ball Park. After tearing the ACL in his left knee last April, he wasn't sure how much he'd be able to play in the season-opening series near his home.
"It's been a good two days," Eaton said. "Starting off on a big league roster is a check mark in itself. It's been two really good days to start off for the team."
The Nationals have won their first two games under new manager Dave Martinez, hired after Dusty Baker was fired last season following another quick exit in the playoffs. The last time they opened a season 3-0 was 2013, when they swept the Marlins.
Washington won the rain-delayed opener 2-0 on Friday behind Max Scherzer's 10 strikeouts in six innings. The Nationals broke out the bats in the second game, and their leadoff hitter got a potent offense going on a breezy, 59-degree afternoon.
"We want to keep him fresh the whole season," Martinez said. "Right now, he feels really, really good."
Easton had a single, a pair of doubles, a homer and a bases-loaded single in his five at-bats. He scored four times and drove in three runs as the Nationals went ahead 9-3.
And he had that special family moment as he rounded the bases on his homer.
"It's for them," he said.
In his first two games, Easton is 6 for 8 and had scored five times.
"What a difference he might've made of they'd had him all last year," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's a terrific player. They felt he was a difference-maker. Having him at the top of their order gives them a different look."
Goodwin hit his slam in the ninth off Kevin Quackenbush. Matt Adams had a three-run homer, and Trea Turner added a solo shot as the Nationals homered four times in all.
Stephen Strasburg (1-0) gave up three runs - only one earned - in 6 1/3 innings while improving to 5-1 career against Cincinnati. Scott Schebler's homer in the fourth inning provided Cincinnati's first run of the season after 12 scoreless innings.
The Nationals piled up six runs in six innings off Luis Castillo (0-1), the Reds' top young starter last season. Adams connected in the first inning for a 460-foot homer to center field, his first of the season. Turner's solo shot off the facing of the upper deck in the fourth also was his first of the season.
It was only the second time in Nationals history that a player had at least five hits with three extra-base hits and three RBIs. Anthony Rendon also did it on April 30, 2017. Eaton's previous high was four hits in a game. He's now had four or more hits 12 times.
The Nationals have won their last seven games at Great American Ball Park. ... Turner is 13 for 25 in eight career games against the Reds. ... The Reds have allowed at least 10 runs in 23 games since the start of last season, most in the NL, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Reds signed right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a one-year deal for $750,000 and optioned right-hander Zack Weiss to Triple-A Louisville. Gallardo was released by the Brewers on Wednesday. He had a $2 million, one-year deal with Brewers that was not guaranteed - released during the final week of spring training, he got $483,871 in termination pay. Catcher Stuart Turner was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Gallardo.
Reds: Closer Raisel Iglesias is expected back from his three-day paternity leave on Sunday for the final game of the series.
Nationals: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (15-9) is 4-2 career against the Reds in 10 starts with a 2.56 ERA. He allowed only four hits in 8 1/3 shutout inning during his only start against Cincinnati last year, a 5-0 victory on July 14.
Reds: Sal Romano went 7-9 in 16 starts last season in his first stint in the majors. He's never faced the Nationals.

Tigers, Pirates postponed for 2nd time in series

After getting ejected in his Detroit debut, Ron Gardenhire had a question.
"What I want to know is: Is there any manager that's ever been thrown out of 162 straight games?" he wondered Saturday. "I have a chance. I don't know many other people have that opportunity, but I do."
Gardenhire was safe for at least another day. A second rainout in the Pirates-Tigers series at Comerica Park set up a split doubleheader on Easter Sunday. The first game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EDT, with the makeup at 6:10 p.m.
While being playful for a moment, Gardenhire still was steamed.
How in the world, he wanted to know, did the Tigers' apparent winning run in the 10th inning Friday get taken away?
A replay reversal led to Gardenhire arguing and getting tossed on opening day. He didn't comment after his team lost its opener to Pittsburgh 13-10 in 13 innings.
The game went nearly 5 1/2 hours. It looked as if it was over much earlier when plate umpire Tony Randazzo ruled Nicholas Castellanos beat the swipe tag by Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, setting off a huge celebration the field.
A few minutes later, a video review overturned the call.
The Tigers have requested footage used by replay officials. Numerous angles on Comerica Park's big screen appeared inconclusive.
"We have an opportunity to get the picture and we're asking for that," Gardenhire said. "We want to see what they saw, the video, what determined it. What we had just didn't show it. Supposedly, there might be some overhead view."
Gardenhire said he's gotten a lot of text messages from pals saying the Castellanos was safe.
"That doesn't help me, but everybody is saying the same thing. Nobody really had a good view of it," he said.
"I don't know what happened. They made their decision and we're asking to look at this. We want to see what it was, so maybe we can get better with our video. Our guy's pretty good back there," he said.
Gardenhire kicked dirt on the plate, and was kicked out for the 74th time in his career. This was his first game as a manager since his long run with Minnesota ended in 2014.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle saw a funny side to the dispute.
"I did find one thing entertaining, very entertaining, when I saw my buddy, Ron Gardenhire, go out and yell at the umpire who called his guy safe," Hurdle said Saturday. "I found that very humorous."

Cespedes HR, Mets top Cards 6-2 for 1st 2-0 start since 2013

Coming off a 70-92 season, the New York Mets hired a new manager and hoped for better luck this year.
Even though it's still real early, this is what they envisioned.
Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered, Todd Frazier drove in three runs and New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 Saturday.
Jacob DeGrom pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Mets opened at 2-0 for the first time since 2013.
And Mickey Callaway became the first Mets skipper to win his first two games since player-manager Joe Torre did it when he took over during the 1977 season.
A very solid start, so far.
"That's very nice. Big win the other day and wanted to come out here and win again today," deGrom said.
Callaway showed off some flexibility, putting Asdrubal Cabrera in the leadoff spot after he batted cleanup in the opener. The Elias Sports Bureau said Cabrera was the first player since 1915 to bat cleanup on opening day and then hit leadoff the next game.
Cabrera hit two doubles, too.
D'Arnaud delivered in his first game of the season.
"We've got guys that haven't even played yet that can start and will start on occasion, so getting all of our players in the game and using them all, we have no qualms about that," Callaway said.
Cabrera began the first with a double off Michael Wacha, Cespedes walked and Jay Bruce grounded into a forceout. Frazier doubled into the left-field corner, with a hustling Bruce beating the throw without a slide.
"Hustling out of the box. Scoring on a base hit or a double," Frazier said. "We put pressure on other guys. We're not necessarily stealing but we're smart baserunners."
D'Arnaud homered in the fourth and Cespedes made it 4-1 with a drive in the fifth. Cabrera added an RBI double in the eighth.
DeGrom (1-0) struck out five of the first nine Cardinals he faced. He fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits despite having to fight through some issues.
"I was having a hard time getting a grip on the ball but other than that I was able to keep them off the board, gave them one run," deGrom said.
Matt Carpenter homered for St. Louis in the eighth. Jeurys Familia got the last four outs for his first save and the 107th of his career, tying Jesse Orosco for third on the Mets' all-time list.
Wacha (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames, walking two and hitting a batter.
"It was pretty rough," Wacha said. "Just missed too many spots."
Jose Martinez had an RBI single for the Cardinals and is 5 for 7 this season.
Down by three runs, St. Louis threatened with back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. After Kolten Wong grounded out against Robert Gsellman, reliever Anthony Swarzak retired pinch-hitter Greg Garcia and Dexter Fowler to strand both runners.
"Today we had some opportunities that we didn't capitalize on," manager Mike Matheny said. "We get an opportunity with guys in scoring position, we got to get a way to get it done. Some days it's harder than others."
Frazier had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Callaway, who had been the pitching coach in Cleveland, got to experience some NL strategy in this game.
"First double-switch was something that I never had to do, and then I had to do it on-the-fly out on the mound with an injured player," said a smiling Callaway, who made the move in the eighth to replace an injured Swarzak. "I'm glad I got that right."
D'Arnaud and fellow catcher Kevin Plawecki are a combined 3 for 6 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBIs and three walks.
"You really can't ask for anything better," Callaway said about his catchers' production. "No matter what you choose that day it's a good outcome, so that makes it easy on the whole team."
Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil (strained left shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL. The veteran reliever threw 10 pitches on opening day, retiring one batter and allowing a hit. LHP Ryan Sherriff was called up from Triple-A Memphis and gave up one run while getting one out. ... RHP Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) has continued throwing and keeping his arm in shape, general manager John Mozeliak said. ... RHP Adam Wainwright (strained left hamstring) is progressing well, per Mozeliak.
Mets: Swarzak was removed with a sore left oblique. "I've never felt anything like this in my side before," he said after the game, noting that no MRI was planned at this point. "Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and this is just a little scare."
Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (7-2, 3.88 ERA in 2017) starts Sunday's series finale against LHP Steven Matz (2-7, 6.08 ERA).

Orlando City SC 4, New York Red Bulls 3 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Josue Colman netted the winner four minutes from full time as Orlando City SC defeated the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, for their first win of the 2018 season at Orlando City Stadium Saturday.
Colman's first MLS goal capped a wild, feisty affair that saw the sides level 2-2 at halftime before Dom Dwyer netted his second of the game three minutes into the second half to give Orlando (1-2-1) their first lead of the game.
Aaron Long latched onto a Marc Rzatkowski free kick and headed in off Joe Bendik to equalize for the Red Bulls (2-2-0), who utilized a heavily rotated lineup ahead of Wednesday’s first leg Concacaf Champions League semifinal at Guadalajara.
But Colman provided the heroics as Scott Sutter's shot deflected off him and past Luis Robles in the Red Bulls goal.

Panik's homer in 9th lifts Giants to 1-0 win over Dodgers

Homering off All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen in consecutive games isn't something Joe Panik expects to do.
Thanks to another solid swing from the second baseman, the San Francisco Giants beat the error-prone Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Friday night.
"I've never seen that in all my years, a guy do that in back-to-back games, especially with the two guys pitching," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It is a pretty amazing feat for him, for anybody."
The Giants won by an identical score Thursday on Panik's drive off Kershaw, making them the first team to win the first two games of the season 1-0 since the 1943 Cincinnati Reds.
"To do some damage against those guys is a good feeling," Panik said. "Coming into the series, we knew not a lot of runs would be scored. They have a very good staff and we have a very good staff."
This time, Panik went deep to the right field pavilion leading off the ninth against Jansen (0-1), making Bochy the first visiting manager with 100 wins at Dodger Stadium.
"It don't matter, it's a long season, sometimes it's going to happen," Jansen said. "I'm not frustrated at all. Keep focused, we all have that goal we want to accomplish and nobody say it's going to be easy."
The NL champion Dodgers opened the season with two shutout losses for the first time since 1968.
"I'm sure everybody's freaking out," starter Alex Wood said. "We have a great ballclub and we have to keep big picture in mind."
San Francisco's Johnny Cueto retired his first 18 batters before Chris Taylor hit a leadoff single in the seventh.
"I wasn't even thinking about that," Cueto said through an interpreter. "My concern was to just go up there and keep pitching, putting the pitches where I wanted to and if the no-hitter was to come then it would have come."
The right-hander struck out four and walked none in seven innings. Cueto struggled with blister issues last year, when he was 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts, his fewest since 2013.
"If you don't get baserunners and get him in the stretch, that's when he's at his best," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Cueto.
Tony Watson (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
Hunter Strickland, filling in for injured closer Mark Melancon, earned his second save. He retired the side in the ninth on two strikeouts and a popup behind the plate.
The sellout crowd of 53,478 watched a pitching duel between Cueto and Wood, who worked eight innings.
"To see two guys pitch like that, you just don't see very often," Bochy said.
The only hit Wood allowed was an infield single by Brandon Crawford in the fifth. Wood was off to his right and couldn't make a play on the ball.
"I was like a deer in headlights a little bit," Wood said. "I made a pretty good pitch and he just dribbled it by me."
The left-hander struck out five and walked none on 90 pitches.
Jansen's velocity on the homer was 89 mph, and Roberts suggested his closer's lighter-than-usual speed was due to a mechanical issue.
"No, man, it's not mechanic. He just got me," Jansen said. "Who cares? Who cares? It's one game."
Third baseman Logan Forsythe committed three of the Dodgers' four errors in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings. Playing out of his usual spot at second, Forsythe is filling in for the injured Justin Turner.
"That will be the last time I can assure you that will ever happen to Logan," Roberts said. "Very uncharacteristic of our defense."
It was the most errors the Dodgers have made in a game since Aug. 11, 2013, when they had four against Tampa Bay.
Giants: Injured RHP Jeff Samardzija is "throwing great," according to Bochy.
Panik became the first major leaguer to hit solo homers in consecutive games and have his team win 1-0 in each game, according to STATS LLC.
The Giants won back-to-back road games 1-0 once before, on May 27-29, 1908, according to STATS.
LHP Derek Holland makes his Giants debut against RHP Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers. Holland was 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA for the White Sox last year. He has only faced the Dodgers one other time in his career, back in 2009. Maeda is 3-1 with a 5.56 ERA in five career starts against San Francisco.

Braun's 3-run homer off Hand lifts Brewers over Padres, 8-6

 Ryan Braun left absolutely no doubt when he drove a high fastball from All-Star closer Brad Hand an estimated 396 feet into the second deck at Petco Park.
Braun turned his head, dropped his bat and began a trot that included a leaping high-five with third base coach Ed Sedar and a few mumbled words, perhaps directed at the San Diego Padres fans who had been booing him just a moment earlier.
Braun's three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth capped a five-run rally against Hand as the Milwaukee Brewers stunned the Padres 8-6 Friday night.
It was Braun's first hit of the season.
"That was a special one, all the way around," Braun said. "That rally in the ninth inning was pretty special, facing Brad Hand, who's established himself as one of the best relievers in the NL, so the likelihood of coming back is so close to zero in that situation. So many guys battled, grinded a bunch of two-strike hits, a few lucky hits. I was 0 for the season, so the longer you go 0 for the season the more pressure you put on yourself, so it's nice to get the first hit."
The Brewers trailed 6-3 coming into the ninth and quickly jumped on Hand (0-1) for two runs on three hits, a grounder and his throwing error.
Braun came up with runners on the corners and delivered the impressive shot.
"I don't even think it was a strike," Braun said. "I think I've been taking such bad swings I had a better likelihood of hitting a ball than a strike, maybe. I think it was up and out of the zone."
It was.
Hand, a left-hander, said he was trying to go up and in to the right-handed Braun.
"It just leaked back middle," Hand said. "He put a really good swing on that one and I'll come back tomorrow."
Said Brewers manager Craig Counsell: "This is the top for me. He might have a three home run game up there a little higher, but I'll take this one."
Hand had thrown two innings in the Brewers' 2-1, 12-inning win on Thursday.
"Brad's been outstanding," manager Andy Green said. "He's going to be great the next time he's on the mound. That's a tough one for all of us."
Hand's shaky performance spoiled a night in which left-hander Joey Lucchesi and reliever Kazuhisa Makita made their big league debuts for the Padres.
Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth for his first save.
Lucchesi just missed getting through five innings and Makita would have gotten the win if Hand hadn't imploded.
Lucchesi, a 24-year-old left-hander, was the first pitcher from the draft class of 2016 to make his big league debut. One of the rebuilding Padres' top prospects, he allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, with one strikeout and no walks.
Lucchesi allowed a double, single and sacrifice fly after getting the first out of the fifth. After a throwing error by third baseman Cory Spangenberg put runners on the corners, manager Andy Green came out with the hook. Green brought on Makita. The submariner needed just two pitches to get Domingo Santana to ground out.
Makita threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing only a walk.
The 6-foot-5 Lucchesi, a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft, spent a good deal of the fourth inning on the bases after reaching on a fielder's choice. He eventually reached third but didn't score.
Lucchesi fell behind 2-0 after a shaky first inning.
The Padres gave the rookie a 3-2 lead in the second against Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched for San Diego last year. Spangenberg hit a two-run homer to left and Austin Hedges followed with a shot to left.
The Padres made it 4-2 on Manuel Margot's one-out single in the fourth. They had the bases loaded but Eric Hosmer grounded into a double play.
Hosmer singled in the first for his first hit with San Diego and added an RBI double in the eighth. He signed a $144 million, eight-year contract early in spring training.
Chacin lasted just 3 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out one.
Brewers reliever Brandon Woodruff was hit by line drives by consecutive batters in the seventh. He was hit on the right triceps by a liner by Freddy Galvis that went for a single and then hit on the left buttock by a liner by Spangenberg that caromed to first baseman Braun. Counsell said Woodruff is fine.
Padres: RHP Colin Rea (right shoulder strain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to allow the team to select Lucchesi's contract.
Brewers: LHP Brent Suter is scheduled to start Saturday night's series finale. He was 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 22 games during six stints with the Brewers in 2017.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo is set to go for the Padres. He was 8-11 with a 4.67 ERA last year.