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The rookie maintained his focus to beat the Reds for the fourth time, halting the free-falling St. Louis Cardinals' five-game losing streak and ending Cincinnati's four-game run in a 3-2 victory on Friday night.
Garcia's handling of Phillips delighted the sellout crowd.
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"Whatever happened in the past, I just try to go out there and treat him like any other hitter in their lineup," Garcia said. "Don't try to do too much. I've got to get that guy the same way I've got to get the other eight guys."
Phillips was booed on almost every pitch he faced and whenever he touched the ball in the field in his first game against St. Louis since his argument with catcher Yadier Molina precipitated a fracas in Cincinnati on Aug. 10. Some fans even convinced one spectator to toss a foul ball off Phillips' bat back onto the field.
"We expected it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said after Phillips went 0 for 4 and hit one ball out of the infield. "Hopefully, Brandon will respond a little better tomorrow."
The fan was escorted from his seat down the first base line shortly thereafter, high-fiving others as he walked up the ramp. The raucous welcome home was a bit of a surprise for the Cardinals.
"I was wondering what it was going to be like," reliever Mitchell Boggs said. "We played brutally on the road trip. They were incredible, it was really nice to see, and I think we played the way they want us to play."
Major League Baseball assigned the same umpiring crew that worked the Aug. 10 game to a three-game series that lost dramatic punch with the Reds' surge and the Cardinals' slide. The Cardinals swept that mid-August series to take a one-game lead in the NL Central, but trail the Reds by seven games even after the win.
St. Louis scored in consecutive innings for the first time in seven games, getting two in the first and one in the second for just enough cushion. Jon Jay had an RBI triple and Albert Pujols followed with a sacrifice fly in the first, and Brendan Ryan singled, went to third on Garcia's double and scored on Skip Schumaker's groundout in the second.
The Cardinals are 11-5 against the Reds but only 32-29 overall against the Central. Cincinnati is 34-12 against the rest of the Central.
Paul Janish homered with one out in the third to end Garcia's run of 22 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. The 23-year-old left-hander also allowed Jonny Gomes' RBI double in the fourth and lasted 6 2/3 innings, plus added two hits off Bronson Arroyo (14-9).
"He knows what's at stake," manager Tony La Russa said. "Not just who we're playing, just the fact we've had trouble winning the game. He pitched well; he's done it so many times."
Garcia (13-6) is 4 for 4 off Arroyo, and 6 for 48 against other pitchers. He's 4-0 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts against the Reds this year, beating them twice at home and twice on the road, and this was his longest outing by a third of an inning.
"He hit Bronson better than anyone over there," Baker said. "He kind of beat us by himself."
Boggs struck out Daniel Stubbs with the tying run on third to end the seventh and the Reds stranded two runners in the eighth against Kyle McClellan before Ryan Franklin finished for his 23rd save in 25 chances -- and his first in a week.
Arroyo was lifted after 84 pitches for pinch hitter Miguel Cairo, who grounded out in the seventh with a man on second and the Reds trailing 3-2. It's only the second time in eight starts that Arroyo worked fewer than seven innings.
"The work load was not a lot, I felt like I was just getting into the game when I had to get out," Arroyo said. "But that's just the way it is. That was a great situation for Cairo to hit right there."
|For the fourth time this season, rookie Jaime Garcia gets the best of the division-leading Reds. (Getty Images)|
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|Drew Stubbs, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.239|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.323|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.297|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||3||0||1||1||1||0||3||.260|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.285|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Heisey, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.262|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.266|
|a- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.138|
|b- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|a-fouled out for Janish in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Arroyo in the 7th|
|2B - Jonny Gomes (21, Garcia), Chris Heisey (6, Garcia)|
|HR - Paul Janish (5, Garcia)|
|RBI - Jonny Gomes (72), Paul Janish (21)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto|
|Bronson Arroyo (L,14-9)||6||6||3||3||0||1||0||3.84|
|HBP - Holliday (by Bronson Arroyo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 84-60, Logan Ondrusek 12-8, Arthur Rhodes 5-4, Nick Masset 5-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-10|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 24, Logan Ondrusek 3, Arthur Rhodes 2, Nick Masset 1|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.272|
|a- Aaron Miles, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.324|
|Jon Jay, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.327|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.311|
|Matt Holliday, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.262|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.219|
|Jaime Garcia, P||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.196|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Randy Winn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Schumaker in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Boggs in the 7th|
|2B - Jaime Garcia (1, Arroyo)|
|3B - Jon Jay (2, Arroyo)|
|SF - Albert Pujols (5)|
|RBI - Skip Schumaker (37), Jon Jay (26), Albert Pujols (96)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1|
|DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jaime Garcia (W,13-6)||6.2||6||2||2||3||6||1||2.35|
|Mitchell Boggs (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.59|
|Kyle McClellan (H,17)||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||2.17|
|Ryan Franklin (S,23)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.48|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 98-64, Mitchell Boggs 5-3, Kyle McClellan 26-14, Ryan Franklin 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 8-4, Kyle McClellan 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 27, Mitchell Boggs 1, Kyle McClellan 5, Ryan Franklin 3|
|Attendance - 43540|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson|