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Cardinals' Garcia bounces back to blank Brewers

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ST. LOUIS -- Five days earlier, Jaime Garcia had nothing. This time, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie left-hander had it all.

Garcia bounced back from his worst start with seven innings of three-hit ball and Matt Holliday doubled twice and drove in a run in a 5-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"Everything's been working good the whole year, it's just making little adjustments and stuff," Garcia said. "The last start was a bad day.

"The whole game I felt real good."

Garcia (8-4) retired his last 13 hitters and had seven strikeouts, five days after giving up five runs in two innings with no strikeouts in a loss at Kansas City. The lefty got his biggest out when Prince Fielder tapped out to first with the bases loaded to end the first.

Both of Garcia's walks came in the third, including opposing pitcher Chris Narveson, but Fielder went after the first pitch.

"Well, if that's your pitch I've got no problem swinging at the first pitch," manager Ken Macha said. "If that's your pitch, hit a line drive."

Garcia beat the Brewers for the second time, matched his career best for innings and strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 2.10. The ERA is even better at home, a minuscule 1.20 to go with a 3-1 record in seven starts. He has allowed no runs five times in 16 starts.

"He's been good so many times," manager Tony La Russa said. "I don't care when you face this club, even if you're coming off a great game you've got your hands full.

"He made a lot of good pitches and you just can't give him enough credit."

Garcia's only miscue came on the basepaths. He went in standing up on what had appeared to be a clear-cut double off Chris Narveson leading off the fifth and was thrown out by right fielder Corey Hart just before callup Tyler Greene homered to left with a drive estimated at 407 feet.

La Russa said the Brewers did a good job of deking Garcia, and noted the pitcher also made a wide turn at first.

"That kind of discombobulated him," La Russa said. "I told him, there's been a lot of everyday players over the years with experience that have fallen for that one, so don't be kicking yourself. Just keep pitching."

Hart was 2 for 3 with a walk and extended his hitting streak to 17 games for Milwaukee, which had won eight of its previous 11.

Narveson (7-5) came up with the Cardinals and has struggled early in two starts this year against St. Louis. The Cardinals scored four runs on three extra-base hits against the lefty on June 5 and opened with two runs on four hits in the first on Friday, the first on Albert Pujols' double-play ball and the second on Nick Stavinoha's RBI single.

Felipe Lopez doubled to open the third for the second of his third hits and scored with one out on Pujols' sacrifice fly, Greene's second homer made it 4-0 in the fifth and Holliday's double off Trevor Hoffman in the eighth made it 5-0.

Fielder didn't get a ball out of the infield in three at-bats against Garcia, but he wasn't alone. There were no outfield putouts while Garcia was on the mound.

"I wouldn't say he was dominant against our offense, I would say he's dominant against all offenses," Narveson said. "I think it's fair to say he's been lights out all year."

Notes
  • FoxSports Midwest telecast the game to troops in Afghanistan.
  • Willie Randolph is filling in for Brewers 3B coach Brad Fischer, who's missing the weekend for his daughter's wedding. Head trainer Roger Caplinger is attending to his ailing father.
  • C George Kottaras will play Saturday, partly because Jonathan Lucroy has more trouble handling LHP Manny Parra's splitters in the dirt.
  • Lou Brock threw out the first pitch on "Brockabrella night."
  • C Yadier Molina was assessed an error after whiffing on a foul pop in the seventh, but official scorer Mike Smith reconsidered after replays showed Molina stumbling over a bat in the Brewers' on-deck circle just before the ball arrived.
  • Hart is batting .366 (26 for 71) during his hitting streak.
 
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After being rocked in his last start, Jaime Garcia comes back strong and silences the Brewers. (AP)
After being rocked in his last start, Jaime Garcia comes back strong and silences the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Garcia
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
St. Louis

F. Lopez
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000011 .270
Corey Hart, RF3020110 .286
Prince Fielder, 1B4010014 .259
Ryan Braun, LF4010012 .294
Casey McGehee, 3B4000013 .272
Jonathan Lucroy, C3000011 .263
Carlos Gomez, CF3010010 .236
Alcides Escobar, SS3000001 .246
Chris Narveson, P1000100 .304
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000000 .333
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3005027  
a-fouled out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (7, Garcia)
CS - Corey Hart (3, 2nd base by Garcia/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Hart 1
DP - Escobar-Weeks-Fielder
E - Corey Hart (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Narveson (L,7-5) 5744041 5.29
David Riske 1000000 2.35
Todd Coffey 1000120 4.13
Trevor Hoffman 1211000 8.28
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 73-49, David Riske 12-8, Todd Coffey 21-11, Trevor Hoffman 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 6-3, David Riske 2-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 20, David Riske 3, Todd Coffey 4, Trevor Hoffman 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, 3B4330000 .267
Colby Rasmus, CF3010011 .275
Albert Pujols, 1B3001001 .306
Matt Holliday, LF4121010 .305
Nick Stavinoha, RF3011000 .289
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000001 .276
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C2000101 .229
Brendan Ryan, SS3000021 .202
Jaime Garcia, P2010000 .214
   b- Randy Winn, PH-RF1000011 .239
Tyler Greene, 2B3111011 .241
Totals2959416  
a-grounded out for Motte in the 8th
b-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (10, Narveson), Matt Holliday 2 (24, Narveson, Hoffman)
HR - Tyler Greene (2, Narveson)
SF - Albert Pujols (3)
SH - Colby Rasmus (2)
RBI - Albert Pujols (59), Matt Holliday (39), Nick Stavinoha (7), Tyler Greene (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (21), Nick Stavinoha (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Molina-Ryan, T. Greene-Ryan-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia (W,8-4) 7300270 2.10
Jason Motte 1000000 2.25
Ryan Franklin 1200000 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 94-58, Jason Motte 7-5, Ryan Franklin 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 9-3, Jason Motte 1-2, Ryan Franklin 1-2
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 24, Jason Motte 3, Ryan Franklin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43028
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell