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Wacha, Molina lead Cardinals past Reds

ST. LOUIS — Michael Wacha outpitched Tony Cingrani in a rematch of young power arms and St. Louis got a three-run double from Yadier Molina in the first inning to beat Cincinnati 5-3 in its home opener Monday.

A standing-room crowd of 47,492, the largest at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, braved daylong rain and temperatures in the 40s to greet the National League champions.

The Cardinals bunched three hits and a walk over the first five hitters to take the early lead against Cingrani (0-1), who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings six days earlier against St. Louis at home.

Matt Holliday and Allen Craig added RBIs in the seventh.

American League

Athletics 8, Twins 3

At Minneapolis, Yoenis Cespedes proved he can play through a hurting right heel, giving Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics a spark with a pair of RBIs that helped spoil Minnesota's home opener.

Cespedes has been hobbling around the last few days with the injury, but the team wasn't worried enough about it to hold him out of the lineup. The Cuban slugger hit a double in the second inning for the first run against Kevin Correia (0-1) and later had a sacrifice fly.

Angels 9, Astros 1

At Houston, C.J. Wilson pitched eight solid innings, Howie Kendrick and Raul Ibanez each drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels, who took three of four from Houston after starting the season 0-3.

Royals 4, Rays 2

At Kansas City, Mo., Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay in a game that included two significant injuries.

Rays starter Matt Moore (0-2) came out in the fifth inning with a sore left elbow. The All-Star lefty grimaced after throwing a pitch to Norichika Aoki and was immediately removed by manager Joe Maddon.

Two innings later, Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from reliever Heath Bell. Infante also left the game, walking off under his own power with two trainers. Infante, struck on the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face.

Red Sox 5, Rangers 1

At Boston, John Lackey pitched seven strong innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in two runs and Boston snapped a three-game skid with a win over Texas.

Lackey (2-0) allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings. Chris Capuano pitched the eighth and Koji Uehara escaped a ninth-inning jam in a non-save situation.


Rockies 8, White Sox 1

At Denver, Jordan Lyles used his arm and bat to lead Colorado over the Chicago White Sox in his Coors Field debut for the Rockies.