The St. Louis Cardinals took the second game of their three-game set with the New York Mets thanks to a big second inning and starter Jaime Garcia's dominant outing as the Redbirds cruised, 5-1.
Garcia (4-6) lasted 7.1 innings, allowing nine hits and only one unearned run, a sacrifice fly that resulted from an error by shortstop Daniel Descalso, while striking out five.
All of New York's hits on the night were singles, as the Mets couldn't muster much of an offensive spark, grounding into two double plays as well.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, got on the board early when second baseman Skip Schumaker singled home Yadier Molina for the game's first run. Descalso then knocked in another, scoring David Freese on a single to center. The inning was capped off with Schumaker scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Matt Carpenter, making the score 3-0; a lead St. Louis wouldn't relinquish.
Mets starter Matt Harvey (3-4) didn't allow another run after the second inning, finishing his night after five innings pitched, giving up six hits, walking three and striking out four.