Wainwright, Cards take on Brewers in home opener

(SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Wainwright tries to follow up his terrific Opening Day performance on Monday when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener at Busch Stadium.

"I can't speak for everyone but I'm anxious to go home," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We started off in two cities (Chicago and Cincinnati) that don't like us, and now we go home to a city that loves us. I can't wait."

Wainwright showed no ill effects from the tired arm that plagued him this winter last Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs, as he scattered five hits over six scoreless innings.

"He's a bully out there. He wants to come at you," Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward said. "He won't give in when the batter thinks they're going to get a good pitch to hit."

Thanks to a rainout Wainwright will now get to start his fourth home opener. He's 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA in the previous three.

St. Louis returns home riding a two-game winning streak following a series win in Cincinnati over the weekend. On Sunday, Matt Carpenter's two-run home run off Kevin Gregg in the 11th inning lifted the Cardinals to a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Gregg (0-1) was in his second inning of work after the Reds squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the 10th. Kolten Wong led off the 11th with a single, and he was running on the full-count pitch Carpenter hit into the seats.

Carpenter drove in four runs, and Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer in the eighth tied the game at five.

Carlos Martinez was sharp in his first start of the season, allowing a pair of solo home runs in six innings with eight strikeouts. Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched the final two innings as the last man out of the Cardinals' bullpen.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, has dropped five of six to start the year after losing to Pittsburgh, 10-2, on Sunday.

THe Brewers were unable to get anything going against Pirates starter Casey Sadler, who made a spot start in place of Francisco Liriano, whose wife gave birth on Friday.

"You think you're missing Liriano and getting a break," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Sometimes you think you're getting a break, and you're not."

Kyle Lohse (0-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. The Brewers got both of their runs on a Carlos Gomez homer.

Heading to the hill for the Brewers will righty Matt Garza, who was roughed up by the Colorado Rockies in his first start. Garza was hit for four runs and eight hits in five innings.

St. Louis won 12 of its 19 meetings with the Brewers last season.