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Wainwright dazzles as Cards blank Reds

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Yadier Molina homered for the game's only run and Adam Wainwright fired seven splendid innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals begin defense of their National League pennant with a 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park.

Wainwright (1-0) held the Reds to three singles and racked up nine strikeouts while working around four walks to barely outperform counterpart Johnny Cueto in a terrific Opening Day pitchers' duel.

The two aces were engaged in a scoreless deadlock that Molina broke with a one-out homer in the top of the seventh.

Cueto (0-1) was otherwise outstanding as well, yielding just three hits and the game's only run while fanning eight over his seven-inning stint.

Molina and Matt Adams each collected two hits for St. Louis, which managed just five as a team.

03/31 19:14:27 ET