Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/4/12

Kyle Lohse stole the spotlight from the opening of Marlins Park, holding Miami hitless for the first six innings as St. Louis won its season opener 4-1 on Wednesday.

David Freese, the MVP of last season’s NLCS and World Series, drove home two first-inning runs and finished 3-for-5 for the defending world champion Cardinals (1-0). St Louis banged out 13 hits, three from Rafael Furcal, and two each from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran.

But Lohse was the big story in the first regular-season game in the Marlins’ new $515 million home. The right-hander retired the first 10 hitters before hitting Emilio Bonifacio with a pitch with one out in the fourth. He then retired eight in a row until new Marlins’ shortstop Jose Reyes led off the seventh with a sharp single to right.

Lohse gave up two hits and one run in 7.1 innings, striking out three and throwing 56 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

Freese gave Lohse all the support he needed in the first, driving a sharp single to left to score Beltran and Lance Berkman. Furcal’s second-inning single scored Daniel Descalso, giving St. Louis a 3-0 advantage. Descalso drove in a run in the eighth on a ground out.

Miami starter Josh Johnson, who made just nine starts last season with shoulder inflammation, settled down after giving up the early runs. Johnson gave up 10 hits and three runs in six innings.

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