Baker, who took over in Chicago after guiding the
San Francisco Giants
to the World Series last year, split his first six games on the road.
The Cubs started their home campaign on the right note, despite a game-time temperature of 29 degrees and a dusting of snow on the ivy walls. The game was pushed back from Monday due to a snowstorm.
"It was very cold, the coldest I've ever been on a baseball field," Baker said. "But you have to eliminate those thoughts. I'm glad the game is over.
"You feel sorry for the fans who aren't moving around but a few must have had flasks because they are reaching under their coats a lot and you know it's not for popcorn,"
Clement (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings with five walks and five strikeouts. He left his first start of the season with stiffness in his lower back.
"My back was a little tight when I went out there but as soon as I loosened up it felt great and I think it helped keep my mind off the cold," said Clement, who improved to just 2-4 lifetime against Montreal. "I know I had some walks but the defense played great behind me and erased some guys, but I felt good and felt I had good command."
One player who was hot despite the weather was
, who celebrated his 30th birthday with a 3-for-3 performance. He is hitting .536 (15-for-28) with 10 runs scored this season.
"It's probably my hottest start," said Gonzalez, who has hit safely in every game this season. "I don't ever remember stringing so many hits together, especially singles and doubles like I have the last week."
"It's always nice to win and especially on Opening Day and to do it on my 30th birthday is nice," he added.
's solo homer in the seventh accounted for the lone run for Montreal, which has lost three of its last four.
"We only got one run on the board, we need to compete better than that," Montreal manager
said. "I'm not happy to get the game in because in my opinion it should not have been played, but they said `Play Ball' so we went out there."
(1-1) gave up five runs and five hits with two wild pitches in 4 1/3 innings.
"He wasn't close and wasn't sharp out there," Robinson said. "He couldn't get his breaking ball or sinker in over the plate or in the strike zone. The only pitch he threw with consistency was his fastball."
Day tried not to blame the conditions.
"It's all about feel out there when it's this cold, but there is no excuse," he said. "I didn't go out there and get ahead of hitters and it's frustrating that I didn't get ahead of hitters. There was some situations where I left balls up over the plate and things just fell apart in a couple of innings."
"This might have been the coldest game I've every been part of, but you still have to go out there and battle and realize the other team is just as cold.
The Cubs, who raised their record in home openers to 49-38-1, turned three double plays and scored two runs on wild pitches, one on a groundout and another on a sacrifice fly.
"It was a day to play fundamental baseball and we did that pretty well," Baker said. "I thought we executed well and did a nice job of manufacturing runs."
led off the first inning with a single and Gonzalez walked. Grudzielanek went to third when
grounded into a double play and scored on Day's wild pitch.
Chicago took a 3-0 lead in the third as Grudzielanek reached on a throwing error by Expos shortstop
, advanced to third on Gonzalez's double and scored on a groundout by Sosa. Gonzalez went to third on another wild pitch by Day and came home on Alou's sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Alou's double scored Gonzalez, who had singled earlier in the inning. Alou eventually scored on a wild pitch by
for a 5-0 advantage.
Guerrero belted an 0-1 pitch from Clement over the left-center field wall for his first home run of the season in the seventh. But the Cubs restored their five-run lead in the bottom of the inning when Gonzalez and Sosa had consecutive singles and Alou plated a run with a forceout.