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The 24-year-old left-hander threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, and first outing longer than seven innings, in a 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The Cardinals have been babying Garcia along after he pitched only 37 2/3 innings last season in the minors coming off elbow reconstruction surgery. Learning from experience, Garcia said he didn't peek at the scoreboard to check his pitch count.
"I'm doing a lot better at that, not thinking about things like that," Garcia said. "That gets you out of the game. Just focus on the next pitch you're going to make and that's it."
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Garcia's the first Cardinals rookie to throw a shutout since Bud Smith's no-hitter at San Diego on Sept. 3, 2001, and the first to do it at home since Jose Jimenez on July 5, 1999, against Arizona.
St. Louis knocked out Barry Zito in the fourth inning, rebounding from a five-game losing streak to take two of three from the Giants.
During the game the Giants were awarded outfielder Cody Ross on a waiver claim from Florida.
"Long day for the guys out there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You can't let a game or two get you down. We're headed home. We hope to play better."
Garcia (11-6) was razor sharp working on regular rest after getting two extra days the previous two outings, facing one batter over the minimum while striking out six. He did not walk a batter and needed only 89 pitches. Prior to Sunday, he had never pitched in the eighth.
When Garcia came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, he got a standing ovation. He made one of the best defensive plays to start the ninth, snaring Juan Uribe's hot comebacker.
"It's a great feeling when I was hitting and all the people were standing, and when I was on the mound," Garcia said. "I think this is the greatest day of my baseball career."
Pat Burrell singled leading off the second and fifth and each time he was quickly erased on double-play balls by Jose Guillen. Nate Schierholtz singled with two outs in the ninth before Garcia finished it by getting Aaron Rowand to ground out.
Garcia hasn't allowed an earned run his last two starts, giving up three unearned runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Garcia, who leads NL rookies in victories, lowered his ERA to 2.42
Zito (8-8) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 15, 2009, against the Angels, surrendering five runs on seven hits. He handled the Cardinals the first time through the order, allowing only a hit and a walk, but the second time around the Cardinals were 5 for 7 with a walk and sacrifice fly.
Zito has won only one of his last 13 starts and is 1-5 against the Cardinals. He's allowed at least one homer in six of the last seven starts, totaling nine.
"Tough out there," Zito said. "Speaking for myself, I'm not going out there giving the team a chance to win."
Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Felipe Lopez had an RBI apiece in the third. Craig had been 2 for 18 on the homestand before hitting his second homer in the fourth for a 5-0 lead, and Garcia singled and scored in a three-run fifth that included RBIs from Molina, Ryan and Jay.
Craig, who's batting .191 after going 2 for 5, matched his career best of three RBI on a bloop single in the eighth.
"I know the numbers aren't there right now, but I feel OK and I'm just going to keep battling," Craig said. "I'm confident things will turn around."
|Jaime Garcia is congratulated by Yadier Molina after the rookie hurler completes his first career shutout. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Buster Posey, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.341|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Jose Guillen, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.263|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.285|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Eli Whiteside, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.230|
|Barry Zito, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.119|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.241|
|a-struck out for Lopez in the 6th|
|DP - F. Sanchez-Ishikawa-Uribe|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Barry Zito (L,8-8)||3.2||7||5||5||2||3||1||3.75|
|IBB - Pujols by Guillermo Mota|
|WP - Barry Zito (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 75-48, Guillermo Mota 32-15, Javier Lopez 4-4, Ramon Ramirez 34-17, Santiago Casilla 30-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 2-6, Javier Lopez 1-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-4, Santiago Casilla 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Barry Zito 20, Guillermo Mota 8, Javier Lopez 2, Ramon Ramirez 9, Santiago Casilla 6|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.228|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.362|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||0||2||.316|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.312|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||5||.301|
|Randy Winn, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B-1B||2||2||1||1||2||1||0||.247|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.232|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||2||2||1||1||0||2||.256|
|Allen Craig, RF||5||1||2||3||0||0||3||.191|
|Jaime Garcia, P||5||1||1||0||0||3||1||.170|
|2B - Brendan Ryan (16, Zito), Yadier Molina (13, Mota)|
|HR - Allen Craig (2, Zito)|
|SF - Felipe Lopez (2)|
|RBI - Brendan Ryan (25), Jon Jay (19), Albert Pujols (89), Matt Holliday (75), Felipe Lopez (33), Yadier Molina (46), Allen Craig 3 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brendan Ryan (11), Jon Jay (8), Allen Craig (3)|
|SB - Jon Jay (2, 2nd base off Mota/Whiteside), Felipe Lopez (8, 2nd base off Mota/Whiteside)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Ryan-F. Lopez-Pujols, Ryan-F. Lopez-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jaime Garcia (W,11-6)||9||3||0||0||0||6||0||2.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 89-65|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 13-6|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 28|
|Attendance - 42638|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Ed Hickox|