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ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia won for the sixth time at home and David Freese homered for the first time since April 12, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Sunday for a four-game split heading into the All-Star break.
Albert Pujols had two hits and Matt Holliday had an RBI single and a walk for the Cardinals, who were tied for the NL Central lead and have a roster finally healthy for the second half.
They're 3-3 since getting Pujols back from the DL and Freese prospered batting fifth after going 2 for 12 the previous three games batting second.
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Brian Roberts hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who completed a 5-5 trip and are in second place in the NL West.
The Cardinals won with the 80th different lineup in 82 games under manager Tony La Russa, who got away with giving rookie backup catcher Tony Cruz his first career start in right field. Cruz made a nice sliding catch on a short flyout by Henry Blanco in the fourth and was replaced for defense in the sixth, with Colby Rasmus going to center and Jon Jay moving to right.
Roberts' two-run shot in the second was the only damage against Garcia, who entered with a major league best 0.94 ERA at home and ended the day 6-1 at Busch Stadium with a 1.14 ERA in nine starts. Garcia (9-3) leads the staff in victories a year after finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting and has won his last three starts overall.
Freese answered in the third with his first homer in 13 games off the disabled list from a broken left hand, a two-run opposite-field shot off Zach Duke (2-4) to right. He had been 3 for 24 with no RBIs the previous seven games and in 41 at-bats since returning from a 51-game absence had totaled one double and one RBI.
Fernando Salas worked the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances, giving up a hit with a strikeout.
Duke gave up four runs in six innings. He's 1-4 in eight starts since June 2.
The Cardinals got three straight hits in the first, including a double by Pujols and an RBI single by Holliday, and Freese made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Roberts tied it in the second with a two-run homer, his 11th of the year and first since June 12.
RHP Jake Westbrook (7-4, 5.34) will open the second half for the Cardinals at Cincinnati on Friday, followed by Chris Carpenter (4-7, 3.85) and Garcia. ... Lance Berkman got a scheduled day off, according to manager La Russa, unrelated to Berkman's upcoming All-Star Game appearance. Berkman flied out to the warning track in center as a pinch hitter in the sixth. ... Rasmus was 4-for-22 during the seven-game homestand.
|Players of the Game|
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|Willie Bloomquist, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.262|
|a- Miguel Montero, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.272|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.218|
|Justin Upton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.293|
|Chris Young, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.262|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.196|
|Ryan Roberts, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.257|
|Xavier Nady, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.224|
|b- Gerardo Parra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Zach Duke, P||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|c- Sean Burroughs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Stephen Drew, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|a-struck out for Bloomquist in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Blanco in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Duke in the 7th|
|d-singled for Heilman in the 9th|
|2B - Kelly Johnson (18, Lynn)|
|HR - Ryan Roberts (11, Garcia)|
|RBI - Ryan Roberts 2 (37)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Zach Duke (L,2-4)||6||9||4||4||1||1||1||5.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 91-59, Aaron Heilman 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 10-6, Aaron Heilman 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Aaron Heilman 7|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Tony Cruz, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.318|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.324|
|David Freese, 3B||3||1||2||3||0||1||1||.336|
|Daniel Descalso, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Nick Punto, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.258|
|Jon Jay, CF-RF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Jaime Garcia, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|a- Lance Berkman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Lance Lynn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Garcia in the 6th|
|2B - Albert Pujols (12, Duke), Yadier Molina (19, Duke)|
|HR - David Freese (3, Duke)|
|SF - David Freese (2)|
|SH - Jaime Garcia (4)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (49), David Freese 3 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Freese 2 (9)|
|CS - Yadier Molina (5, 3rd base by Duke/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Punto-Theriot-Pujols, Theriot-Punto-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jaime Garcia (W,9-3)||6||7||2||2||2||5||1||3.22|
|Lance Lynn (H,1)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||3.80|
|Fernando Salas (S,16)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|WP - Fernando Salas (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 90-59, Lance Lynn 28-17, Fernando Salas 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 7-5, Lance Lynn 2-1, Fernando Salas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 26, Lance Lynn 7, Fernando Salas 4|
|Attendance - 35299|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|