Chris Heisey knew the St. Louis Cardinals brought right fielder Allen Craig in to make it a five-man infield.

"But, to be honest with you, I was so focused on what I was doing that I didn't even see where we was standing," Heisey said. "In that situation, you're just trying to hit the ball somewhere hard."

Good strategy.

Heisey lined a smash into center field to lift the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals before what was left of a crowd of 36,189 on Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The game was delayed two hours and 40 minutes at the start due to rain.

The victory was, of course, the first for manager Bryan Price.

"It feels great from a selfish standpoint," Price said. "From a team standpoint, it feels even better. It's just important to get that first one. We know we're playing a good team. It certainly makes for a good feeling tomorrow when you get the ballpark."

It's very early, but this was a good one for the Reds to get. The long rain delay was followed by offensive futility until the ninth. The Reds started the season with 17-inning scoreless streak, the longest in team history to a start a season.