(Reuters) - John Lackey was masterful on the mound as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 in the opener of their National League Division Series on Friday.
Lackey carried a no-hitter into the sixth with precise command and left in the eighth after yielding just two hits, leaving relievers Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal to complete a combined three-hit shutout.
The Cardinals scored a run in the first and sealed the game with an eighth-inning, pinch-hit home run by Tommy Pham that was followed by a two-run homer from fellow-rookie Stephen Piscotty.
The second game of the best-of-five series is on Saturday in St. Louis.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)