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Peralta plays Cards right

Jhonny Peralta scored his first home run for the St Louis Cardinals as his new side claimed a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Peralta, who joined the Cards on a big-money contract in November after serving a 50-game suspension last season in relation to the Biogenesis drug scandal, helped the 2013 World Series runners-up recover from a 3-0 deficit after the first inning to get the victory.

The wins leaves St Louis with two wins and a defeat from their season-opening three-game set against the Reds, the same record as divisional rivals the Pittsburgh Pirates after they slipped to a 3-2 defeat

to the Chicago Cubs.

The best record in Major League Baseball at present belongs to the Washington Nationals who made it three wins from three with an 8-2 mauling of the New York Mets.

At the other end of the scale, the Arizona Diamondbacks' disappointing start to the campaign continued as they suffered a fifth loss in six games after going down 8-5 to the San Francisco Giants

Reigning champions the Boston Red Sox clinched their season-opening series against the Baltimore Orioles as a fine performance from veteran Koji Uehara on his 39th birthday earned them a 4-3 win in the third game.

In other matches, the Minnesota Twins edged out the Chicago White Sox 10-9, the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 4-2, the Miami Marlins were 8-5 victors over the Colorado Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays eased past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 and the Oakland Athletics claimed a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.