Brewers ace struggles against rivals
MILWAUKEE – David Freese hit a two-run drive for one of four St. Louis homers off Yovani Gallardo, and the Cardinals spoiled the Milwaukee Brewers’ opener with an 11-5 victory on Friday.
Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday also connected for the Cardinals, who are in Milwaukee for a three-game series after opening with a victory over the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday.
Gallardo (0-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six runs with five walks and three strikeouts.
Manager Ron Roenicke gave Gallardo the opening-day start ahead of Zack Greinke, despite Gallardo’s career 1-7 record against the Cardinals with a 5.66 ERA coming into Friday’s game.
Star of the game: David Freese, Cardinals, 2 run home run
Up next: Cardinals (Wainwright 0-0) at Brewers (Zach Greinke 16-6), 3:05 p.m. Saturday