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Umpire O'Nora exits D-backs-Cards tilt with illness

ST. LOUIS -- Home-plate umpire and crew chief Brian O'Nora left Tuesday's game between the D-backs and Cardinals due to illness prior to the start of the fourth inning.

The game, which the Cardinals went on to win 5-0, was delayed several minutes while second-base umpire Marvin Hudson exited to put on gear and move behind the plate The Cardinals were leading, 2-0, at the time on Matt Adams' first-inning homer off of Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.

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The remainder of the series opener was played with three umpires.

The change in umpires had no effect on Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who fired a one-hit shutout -- the first one-hitter of his career.

"It didn't seem like he struggled with it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I think typically most umpires are going to take a look at his curveball and you'll see that early in the game. A lot of times he'll fool an umpire just as badly as he'll fool a hitter. The umpire jumped in and you didn't see a lot of complaints from either side with the first umpire or the second."

Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for

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