Jose Martinez also hit a solo home run, finishing with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks over six innings.
Both teams are off Friday and will resume the series Saturday afternoon.
Signing Holland, reportedly for $14 million, also will cost the Cardinals their second-round pick, the 59th overall, in the June amateur draft and the $1.1 million slot value that goes with that pick. Yadier Molina tied a team record with his fourth opening day home run. Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna combined to strike out eight times in their 12 at-bats. But that's the beauty of Opening Day: every team can pretend otherwise.
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Warner was subsequently banned for a year by Cricket Australia and has now been replaced in the IPL by Hales. He is also the only player from England to feature in the top 10 list of the ICC T20I rankings.
Major League Baseball's regular season is finally upon us. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
Two of the hardest throwers in the majors will face off in Thursday's series opener when New York's Noah Syndergaard, who touches 100 miles per hour twice as often as any other pitcher, will oppose the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez, who occasionally hits that level. A single from Yoenis Cespedes then made it 7-3, and Jay Bruce capped the inning with a single of his own to make it 8-3. The start was the 14th consecutive behind the plate in the season opener for Molina, the most consecutive opening day starts at the same position in franchise history.
"The season may not be in full swing, but the economic impact of the Mets Opening Day Game has proven to be tremendous, providing one more thing for fans and Citi Field employees to cheer about", James Patchett, EDC's president, said in a statement.