St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Jaime Garcia threw seven shutout innings and Tyler Greene homered in St. Louis’ 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the second portion of a four-game series.
Garcia (8-4) surrendered three hits, walked two and had seven strikeouts to tie a career-best as the Cardinals bounced back from a 4-1 defeat on Thursday and snapped a two-game skid.
Albert Pujols and Nick Stavinoha each drove in a run, while Felipe Lopez had three hits and scored three.
Chris Narveson (7-5) yielded seven hits and four runs over five innings and had his two-start winning streak broken.
Lopez and Colby Rasmus singled in the opening inning and Lopez went to third on Corey Hart’s error in right field. Pujols grounded into a double play, scoring the game’s first run. Matt Holliday doubled and Stavinoha followed with an RBI base hit to right field.
Milwaukee loaded the bases in the third, but Prince Fielder grounded out to end the threat.
Lopez doubled in the third and scored later in the frame on a Pujols sacrifice fly to left.
Garcia singled to right field to start the fifth, but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. Greene then blasted a ball over the wall in left.
The Cardinals added one more run in the eighth when Holliday doubled in Lopez.
Jason Motte retired the side in order in the eighth and Ryan Franklin closed it in the ninth.
Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick is on his way to the 15-day disabled list after aggravating his right calf strain…The Giants went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
(Sports Network) - A pair of surprising 7-4 pitchers take the mound tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers in game two of a four- game series between National League Central Division rivals at Busch Stadium.
Thursday's opener, won 4-1 by the Brewers, dropped the second-place Cardinals 1 1/2 games off the pace of front-running Cincinnati and a game closer to the third-place visitors, who trail the Reds by 8 1/2 games.
Milwaukee's Randy Wolf allowed just one run in 6 1/3 solid innings and got a trio of home runs in support.
Albert Pujols' homer provided the lone offense for the Cardinals, who have lost two in a row. Blake Hawksworth(2-5), making his third career start, gave up three runs in six innings on six hits and a walk while fanning seven.
St. Louis comes back tonight with 23-year-old lefty Jaime Garcia, who's made 15 starts this season after reaching the majors with 10 appearances -- one start -- for the Cardinals in 2009.
He earned his seventh victory of 2010 on June 22 at Toronto, scattering six hits and allowing three runs across six innings while striking out four and walking none.
A subsequent start resulted in a loss at Kansas City, dropping Garcia to 7-4 overall and raising his earned run average from 1.79 to 2.27.
The soon-to-be 24-year-old made his April debut against the Brewers and earned a win with six innings of four-hit ball in a 7-1 triumph. He faced them again on June 6 and allowed eight hits and two earned runs in six innings, getting a no-decision in a game Milwaukee won, 4-3.
Garcia is 2-1 in six home starts.
The Brewers reply with journeyman lefty Chris Narveson, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2000 and actually reached the majors with them in 2006.
The 28-year-old Colorado native made five appearances -- including one start -- for St. Louis in its World Series championship year, posting a 4.82 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
He resurfaced in the big leagues with Milwaukee in 2009 and was 2-0 in 21 appearances -- four starts -- before again beginning this season in the bullpen.
Narveson transitioned to starting with an April 28 assignment against Pittsburgh and has remained in the rotation since, winning six times in 11 subsequent outings, including consecutive interleague defeats of Minnesota and Seattle on June 22 and 27.
He went six innings for a no-decision against St. Louis on June 5, allowing five hits and four runs in a game the Cardinals won 5-4.
Narveson is 4-2 in 11 road appearances, six of those starts.
St. Louis has won four of seven matchups with Milwaukee this season after both teams split 18 meetings a year ago.