St. Louis at Toronto

St. Louis
W: S. Miller (7-5) L: M. Buehrle (10-2)
HR: STL - R. Grichuk (1)   TOR - None

Miller flirts with no-no, cools off Jays with three-hitter wire reports

TORONTO -- Shelby Miller felt ''awkward'' as he warmed up before facing the top home run-hitting team in the major leagues.

Then he made the Toronto Blue Jays feel uncomfortable all afternoon.

Miller took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and finished with a three-hit shutout Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over Toronto that snapped the Blue Jays' six-game winning streak.

''Warming up in the bullpen, I didn't feel good at all,'' Miller said. ''It's crazy how the game works. I'm a little speechless still. It was a lot of fun doing that.''

Randal Grichuk hit his first career home run for the Cardinals, who won for only the third time in 11 games.

''Hopefully we get the ball rolling,'' Miller said.

Miller (7-5) struck out five and walked one. He retired the first 13 batters before walking Adam Lind in the fifth.

''He carved us up pretty good,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Miller had lost his previous three starts, permitting at least four runs each time. He was in command against Toronto, pitching the second complete game of his career. His other came May 10, 2013, when he gave up a leadoff single to Colorado's Eric Young and then set down 27 batters in a row.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday's performance might have been even better.

''This one, especially with the way their offense has been producing, is the best one I've seen,'' Matheny said.

Jose Reyes lined a single to right field with two outs in the sixth for Toronto's first hit. Melky Cabrera followed with a ball that nicked first baseman Allen Craig's glove for a double, but Miller struck out Jose Bautista swinging at a high fastball to end the inning.

''He turned it up, no question,'' Matheny said. ''That's a huge part of the game right there, obviously, with one of the best hitters you're going to see.''

Mark Buehrle (10-2) had won six straight decisions. Grichuk's solo homer was the only run Buehrle allowed in seven innings.

''He hammered that ball,'' Matheny said of Grichuk's drive. ''That's the kind of power that excites you about him. Not many guys have that kind of juice to the center of the field.''

The Cardinals (32-31) avoided dropping below .500. The NL champions scored more than two runs for just the third time in eight games.

Grichuk's one-out homer in the fifth was just the third allowed by Buehrle this season, and the first since May 22.

Buehrle allowed five hits and left with a 2.05 ERA, second in the AL to New York's Masahiro Tanaka. He matched a season-high with five walks and struck out six.

St. Louis broke it open with four runs in the eighth. Mark Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk from Aaron Loup, and one out later, Tony Cruz hit a two-run single.

Steve Delabar replaced Loup and issued back-to-back walks to Matt Carpenter and Grichuk to make it 5-0.


St. Louis C Yadier Molina got the day off while 2B Kolten Wong (left shoulder) missed his second straight game. ... Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0) faces Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison (4-3) in Sunday's series finale.

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Shelby Miller, who retires the first 13 batters he faces, goes the distance for his second career complete game. (USATSI)
Shelby Miller, who retires the first 13 batters he faces, goes the distance for his second career complete game. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
St. Louis

S. Miller
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5

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St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter, 3B4000122 .297
Randal Grichuk, LF4112112 .158
Matt Holliday, DH4000114 .264
Allen Craig, 1B5110011 .249
Jhonny Peralta, SS3110211 .226
Oscar Taveras, RF3110212 .207
Mark Ellis, 2B4111103 .172
Peter Bourjos, CF4020025 .220
Tony Cruz, C2012103 .257
Shelby Miller, P0000000 .130
2B - Allen Craig (11, Loup), Jhonny Peralta (15, Buehrle)
HR - Randal Grichuk (1, Buehrle)
SH - Tony Cruz (1)
RBI - Randal Grichuk 2 (3), Mark Ellis (10), Tony Cruz 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Randal Grichuk (2), Tony Cruz 2 (6)
Team LOB - 11
St. Louis Cardinals
Shelby Miller (W,7-5) 9300150 3.59
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 105-66
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 7-15
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 31
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS4010000 .259
Melky Cabrera, LF4020010 .308
Jose Bautista, RF4000013 .313
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4000001 .268
Adam Lind, 1B2000100 .336
Brett Lawrie, 2B3000000 .242
Juan Francisco, 3B3000011 .256
Dioner Navarro, C3000010 .266
Anthony Gose, CF3000010 .242
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000 .000
2B - Melky Cabrera (15, Miller)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Reyes-Lawrie-Lind, Reyes-Lawrie-Lind-Lind-Reyes
E - Jose Reyes (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Buehrle (L,10-2) 7511561 2.04
Aaron Loup 0.2344210 3.56
Steve Delabar 0.1000200 5.09
Todd Redmond 1000020 3.30
IBB - Peralta by Aaron Loup
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 118-73, Aaron Loup 23-11, Steve Delabar 13-5, Todd Redmond 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-7, Aaron Loup 1-0, Todd Redmond 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 29, Aaron Loup 7, Steve Delabar 3, Todd Redmond 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42981
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Seth Buckminster