ST. LOUIS — Shin-Soo Choo is way off the hook.
The new Reds centerfielder made amends for two botched fly balls, drawing a leadoff walk in a nine-run ninth inning then delivering a three-run double as Cincinnati spoiled the Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory Monday.
"I almost died and my teammates gave me another life," Choo said. "I really appreciate my teammates, coming over to me and saying everybody makes mistakes.
"I missed two fly balls and in my mind I had to do something to help the team."
Mitchell Boggs, the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out in the ninth. Only a few thousand fans remained of the 47,375 in attendance, the largest regular-season in 8-year-old Busch Stadium's history.
A day earlier, the Cardinals scored nine in the fourth inning against Giants ace Matt Cain.
"I think this is the worst outing of my career," said Boggs, who has one save in two chances along with a 14.54 ERA. "I guess it goes without saying there's a lot of season left and I expect to be a player with a lot of good ones."