Garrett dazzles in debut, Reds beat Cardinals 2-0

The Cardinals bats hung Leake out to dry, as he and Kolten Wong tallied the only hits off Reds rookie left-hander Amir Garrett, who made his Major League Baseball debut in the game. The 24-year-old top prospect struck out four batters while throwing 50 out of 78 pitches for strikes.

Garrett progressed through the Reds' minor league ranks following his decision to depart from St. John's University where he was a member of the basketball team.

Raisel Iglesias picked up the save.

The final three innings went well with only one Cardinals hitter reaching base on a walk by Iglesias during the night.

One out later, Joey Votto laced the first pitch into the right-field corner for a double that easily scored Hamilton for the only run Cincinnati required.

DETROIT - Rookie JaCoby Jones walked on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to force in the go-ahead run that made Detroit's home opener a success.

There were no unusual plays at Busch Stadium, a day after a pitch that bounced got stuck to Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina's chest protector. Eugenio Suarez hit a smash off his left forearm but Wacha scrambled after the loose ball and threw strongly to first to get Suarez for the second out.

Michael Wacha, 6-1 in his career against the Reds, had an easy five-pitch first inning but had a bit more trouble in the second. Jason Castro's two-run homer in the sixth was his first of the season and briefly pulled Minnesota to within 3-2.

Votto's double in the sixth scored Billy Hamilton.

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"It's a shame to lose a great start like that", St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

"We made a few hard outs, but for the most part we just couldn't get any a good feel against (Garrett)".

Our algorithms project Garrett for 5 2/3 innings pitched in his next start, with 3.8 strikeouts, 2.2 walks, 3.1 earned runs allowed, and a 30 percent chance for the win. With runners at the corners and one out, Garrett missed a bunt and Molina threw out Zack Cozart at third to keep the game scoreless.

Leake pitched well, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking one.

"He's got a good fastball", Duvall said about Martinez.

Reds: Kevin Mesoraco (right hip surgical recovery) was not to have a day off Sunday in his injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Pensacola, then catch nine innings Monday.

ST. LOUIS KEY TRENDS: The Cardinals are 5-0 in Wacha's last five starts, are 6-1 in his last seven outings against NL Central rivals, and are 27-11 in his last 38 starts at home. He smacked his first career grand slam in the sixth, momentarily giving the Giants a 5-4 edge.

The St. Louis Cardinals just finished a hard-fought series against the Chicago Cubs, losing two of three.

  • Lawrence Cooper