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Knobler: Manuel: Lidge not ready to close
Garcia allowed one run in his latest strong outing, David Freese had three RBI and Stavinoha hit a tiebreaking homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
"It's pretty simple scenario," Stavinoha said. "If I'm going to be here and be a Cardinal, that's what I have to embrace. I want an opportunity and if it's off the bench, then that's great."
Garcia (3-1) gave up three hits and struck out six in the latest strong outing from the left-handed sensation. He has pitched at least six innings in all five starts and allowed one earned run or less in four of them.
Stavinoha delivered his pinch-hit homer leading off the seventh against Joe Blanton (0-1). Freese added a bases-loaded double and the Cardinals took the opener of a four-game series between two of the NL's top teams.
"There have only been a handful of games where I felt like we didn't have a shot at it," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.
Jayson Werth hit a solo shot for the Phillies and has reached base in all 25 games this season.
Blanton was sharp in his first start of the season and gave the Phillies' rotation a needed boost. Blanton, who was on the disabled list while recovering from an oblique strain in spring training, helped turn this game into a pitchers' duel until the seventh. Blanton needed only eight pitches for a 1-2-3 first and looked back in 2009 form when he won 12 games.
Garcia was simply better.
He caught a huge break in the fifth inning after letting Juan Castro tie it at 1 on a sacrifice fly. Garcia had runners on first and second with one out. Blanton bunted, but catcher Yadier Molina made the quick grab to nail the runner at third. Shortstop Brendan Ryan's throw to first pulled Skip Schumaker off the bag and into a running Blanton.
Blanton was called out on interference for an inning-ending double play. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argued the call and was ejected from the game.
"They said Blanton was in the grass and interfered with the throw," Manuel said. "Hopefully he knew the third baseman made the throw and not the catcher."
That made Manuel 0 for 2 vs. the umps. He protested when Utley's long drive in the first hooked to the right of the right-field foul pole. Manuel was granted a video replay, but after 3 minutes, 40 seconds, the foul call stood.
The Phillies could have used all those runs against Garcia.
Colby Rasmus' sacrifice fly off Blanton in the second inning gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. They ran into their own bad break in the fifth when Ryan doubled to right and was thrown out at third trying for a triple. Ryan was called safe, then out after he tried to switch hands and stay on the base on a headfirst slide.
"You called me out!?" Ryan howled in protest.
The ump did, and Ryan was.
"I was standing on the bag and I heard the crowd go crazy," Ryan said. "I turned around and I was out."
Ryan, who entered batting .192, batted ninth and Garcia hit eighth. That move appeared to backfire in the fourth. Rasmus hit a two-out double and Molina was intentionally walked, but Garcia grounded out to end the inning.
But the move paid off for La Russa in the seventh. Stavinoha, who turned 28 on Monday, pinch hit for Garcia to lead off the seventh and snapped a tie game.
"I still felt strong in the seventh," Blanton said. "I was still throwing quality pitches. I probably felt better than in spring training."
The Cardinals had 14 hits -- 10 against Blanton. Brad Lidge worked a scoreless ninth for the Phillies as he slowly works his way back into the closer's role while he recovers from right elbow surgery.Notes
|The potent Phillies lineup is silenced by rookie Jaime Garcia, who goes six innings giving up just one run. (AP)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.216|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF-CF^RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.276|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||2||2||0||1||2||0||.292|
|David Freese, 3B||5||1||2||3||0||1||2||.358|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||3||2||0||0||0||.316|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||2||0||1||0||2||.262|
|Jaime Garcia, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.100|
|a- Nick Stavinoha, PH-RF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.412|
|b- Joe Mather, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.208|
|a-homered for Garcia in the 7th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Stavinoha in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Holliday 2 (7, Blanton, Lidge), David Freese (6, Figueroa), Colby Rasmus (6, Blanton), Brendan Ryan (4, Blanton)|
|HR - Nick Stavinoha (2, Blanton)|
|SF - Colby Rasmus (1)|
|SH - Joe Mather (2)|
|RBI - David Freese 3 (19), Colby Rasmus 2 (14), Nick Stavinoha (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Freese 3 (12), Colby Rasmus (4)|
|CS - Colby Rasmus (3, 2nd base by Figueroa/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Molina-Ryan-Pujols, Molina-Ryan-Schumaker|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jaime Garcia (W,3-1)||6||3||1||1||4||6||0||1.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 90-53, Kyle McClellan 21-15, Trever Miller 13-7, Ryan Franklin 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 4-5|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 22, Kyle McClellan 7, Trever Miller 2, Ryan Franklin 2|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.290|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.301|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.280|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||2||2||1||0||2||0||.352|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.225|
|Juan Castro, SS||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.271|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||.270|
|Joe Blanton, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Nelson Figueroa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Figueroa in the 8th|
|2B - Jayson Werth (13, Garcia)|
|HR - Chase Utley (8, Miller), Jayson Werth (4, McClellan)|
|SF - Juan Castro (2)|
|RBI - Chase Utley (18), Jayson Werth (18), Juan Castro (10)|
|CS - Shane Victorino (1, 2nd base by Garcia/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1|
|Joe Blanton (L,0-1)||6.2||10||4||4||1||4||1||5.40|
|IBB - Molina by Joe Blanton, Holliday by Nelson Figueroa|
|WP - Nelson Figueroa (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 94-62, Nelson Figueroa 22-16, Brad Lidge 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-9, Nelson Figueroa 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 30, Nelson Figueroa 7, Brad Lidge 4|
|Attendance - 44817|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Everitt|