Garrett shines as Reds blank Cardinals

(The team's rotation schedule is uncertain after Feldman pitches Sunday and Finnegan on Monday; Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis have also started for the Reds so far this season.) Arroyo signed a minor-league deal with his old team in the offseason after missing most of the last two seasons after having Tommy John surgery and dealing with rotator cuff tears.

Garrett went 6 innings in his debut on Friday night, throwing just 78 pitches. The youthful Reds staff finished the game off with 1 inning of work from Michael Lorenzen for the hold, followed by 2 innings from Raisel Iglesias for the save. Both Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn reached the five innings to qualify for wins in their starts, giving up two runs apiece-but the Cardinals lost both games. McCann's homer in the fifth put Detroit up 2-1, and the Tigers added two more runs that inning.

The Cardinals scored twice in the first inning with Diaz's first homer of the season and a bloop double down the right-field line from catcher Yadier Molina. His 2006 campaign ended with him posting career bests in ERA (3.24) and innings pitched (240 2 /3 innings) while going 14-11 and earning his only All-Star selection.

PHILADELPHIA - Reigning National League Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer threw 6 2/3 strong innings in his 2017 debut and Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy each belted a two-run homer as Washington spoiled Philadelphia's home opener. After a walk to Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz marked his first multi-homer game of his career, hitting a second home run measured at 381 feet as the Cardinals stretched their lead to 6-1 over the Reds.

Hamilton stole second base on the top of the sixth inning.

"He didn't feel it until he got back home (after the game)", said manager Mike Matheny. "We just couldn't get anything going offensively".

St. Louis (2-3) entered the day with a.188 average, nine runs and just one homer in its first four games.

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Stephenson had frightful difficulties finding the strike zone, walking six in 1 2/3 innings.

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

Scott Feldman tossed six scoreless innings in the Reds' defeat of the Cardinals on Sunday.

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco (right hip) was scheduled to catch seven innings for Double-A Pensacola on Saturday. Martinez is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 appearances (five career starts) against Cincinnati.

For the team as a whole to find a rhythm, Leake has to hope his teammates do their part in his next outing; after a porous defense burned the pitch-to-contact righty throughout his debut season in St. Louis, Leake's sophomore Cardinal campaign has begun with him taking the fall for the offense's indiscretions.

The Reds called up 40-year-old Arroyo (0-1) to make the start.

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