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Garcia stays unbeaten as Cardinals thrash Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa is back in St. Louis recovering from a painful bout with shingles. Yet most anyone who watched the presentation of lineup cards Thursday would've been sure the veteran manager was at Wrigley Field.

Pitcher Kyle Lohse gave a spot-on impression before the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1. He donned a La Russa jersey, wore his trademark sunglasses and made some of his familiar gestures as he stood at the plate with the umpires.

As Lohse returned to the dugout, he was greeted with applause, laughter and high-fives from his teammates. It sort set the tone for the lopsided victory.

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Lohse said La Russa let acting manager Joe Pettini know he was OK with the act.

"He texted Pettini and appreciated it. He appreciated the win more. He liked the gesture," Lohse said.

"I've been doing the Tony for a couple days. My hair is getting out of control. I realized when I didn't gel it up, it hangs all over the place, throw the hat on and you've got Tony," Lohse said. "Messing around before the game, I was like 'I'm gonna do it! I'm gonna do it!' Threw his jersey on, went down there and it just kept escalating from there. I got deeper and deeper, I couldn't get out of it."

Cubs manager Mike Quade said he was almost mad at himself because he wasn't at the plate to see Lohse's impersonation. Instead, bench coach Pat Listach represented the Cubs.

"It shocked me to death," Quade said. "Was that unbelievable or what? Looked just like him, didn't it?"

Once the game started after the early frivolity, Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia stayed unbeaten and Matt Holliday set off a five-run second with a longer homer.

The Cardinals, resting some of their regulars, captured their second win in the three-game series headed into a series in Cincinnati with the defending NL Central champion Reds.

Garcia (5-0) wasn't as good as his last outing when he took a perfect game into the eighth against the Brewers. But he allowed just a run on nine hits in seven innings, throwing 84 pitches on an 84-degree afternoon.

"Sometimes you're going to throw really good and sometimes, like today, you won't have your best stuff. But if you battle, that's what it's all about," Garcia said.

Holliday led off a five-run second with his fifth homer, a long shot off Casey Coleman (1-3) that cleared the bleachers in left field. Colby Rasmus singled, Yadier Molina doubled and with one out, the Cubs intentionally walked Tyler Greene to load the bases.

But Garcia foiled that strategy with an RBI single, Jon Jay followed with a two-run double and Allen Craig hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. Molina hit an RBI single in the fifth for a six-run cushion.

Coleman is a fill-in with fourth and fifth starters Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner on the disabled list. He was OK in his previous outing against the Reds, but couldn't keep the ball down against the Cardinals.

"When you lose two top-notch starters, it's not an easy gap to fill," Quade said. "We'll get through this, we'll get those guys and back and be fine. ... He [Coleman] just didn't have a very good day today."

Garcia blanked the Cubs until the sixth when Marlon Byrd, Aramis Ramirez and Jeff Baker hit consecutive singles. Carlos Pena drew a walk that loaded the bases with one out, but Garcia retired Alfonso Soriano on a popup and struck out Wellington Castillo.

The Cardinals added three in the seventh as Greene and Nick Punto had RBI doubles and Jay had an RBI single. Jay, starting with Lance Berkman resting, had three hits and drove in three runs.

"I just wanted to contribute. It's something that our team has, a lot of depth," Jay said. "We can give guys rest and other guys can come in and contribute."

Coleman lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs with four walks.

"It's tough when you tease them with one good outing and go out there and don't do as well," said Coleman, a third-generation major leaguer.

Notes

  • Cards SS Ryan Theriot sat out, resting a sore oblique muscle. Greene played short. Craig, primarily an outfielder with one inning of major league experience at second base, got the start at second. Punto entered the game in the sixth to replace him. RF Lance Berkman also got the day off following a night game.
  • Baker, primarily an infielder, started in right for the Cubs and had three hits.
  • The Cardinals now have a pair of 5-0 pitchers (Garcia and Kyle McClellan) for the first time since 1963 (Curt Simmons and Ray Washburn).
 
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Jaime Garcia keeps the Cubs hitless until the sixth inning, when he gives up three straight singles. (Getty Images)
Jaime Garcia keeps the Cubs hitless until the sixth inning, when he gives up three straight singles. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Baker
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, RF6133010 .286
Allen Craig, 2B2011100 .289
    Nick Punto, 2B1011000 .275
Albert Pujols, 1B5010006 .267
Matt Holliday, LF4121110 .390
Colby Rasmus, CF5230003 .313
Yadier Molina, C5231002 .294
Daniel Descalso, 3B5000005 .222
Tyler Greene, SS3211210 .250
Jaime Garcia, P3111103 .105
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Hamilton, PH1000010 .231
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
Totals40916954  
a-struck out for Boggs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (1, Coleman), Nick Punto (3, Grabow), Colby Rasmus 2 (9, Coleman, Grabow), Yadier Molina 2 (9, Coleman, Berg), Tyler Greene (2, Berg)
HR - Matt Holliday (5, Coleman)
SF - Allen Craig (1)
RBI - Jon Jay 3 (5), Allen Craig (9), Nick Punto (8), Matt Holliday (26), Yadier Molina (16), Tyler Greene (6), Jaime Garcia (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (2), Nick Punto (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Craig-T. Greene-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia (W,5-0) 7911140 1.89
Mitchell Boggs 1000000 3.38
Fernando Salas 1000000 1.32
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 84-61, Mitchell Boggs 15-9, Fernando Salas 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 9-7, Fernando Salas 2-1
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 30, Mitchell Boggs 3, Fernando Salas 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS4010012 .322
Darwin Barney, 2B4000002 .315
Marlon Byrd, CF4110012 .306
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010000 .293
Jeff Baker, RF4031000 .357
Carlos Pena, 1B3000102 .221
Alfonso Soriano, LF3020003 .260
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Blake DeWitt, LF1000000 .286
Welington Castillo, C4000026 .000
Casey Coleman, P1000000 .250
    James Russell, P0000000 .167
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH1000001 .115
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF-CF2010000 .375
Totals3519114  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Russell in the 5th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (7, Garcia), Reed Johnson (4, Garcia)
RBI - Jeff Baker (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Barney-Pena, Barney-Castro-Pena
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Coleman (L,1-3) 4.1966401 7.22
James Russell 0.2000100 7.45
Justin Berg 1.2422000 4.09
John Grabow 1.1311010 4.30
Carlos Marmol 1000030 1.62
IBB - T. Greene by Casey Coleman
WP - John Grabow (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Coleman 82-41, James Russell 15-9, Justin Berg 31-20, John Grabow 27-17, Carlos Marmol 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Coleman 5-6, Justin Berg 3-2, John Grabow 1-2
Batters Faced - Casey Coleman 24, James Russell 3, Justin Berg 9, John Grabow 7, Carlos Marmol 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32559
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth