Jaime Garcia rebounded from his season debut to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-3 win on Saturday night.
After a horrible outing against the Atlanta Braves, the Mexican native pitched 5.2 innings against the Reds. The left-handed pitcher allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out seven batters and did not allow a walk. Garcia pitched into a jam in the sixth inning, forcing Mike Matheny‘s hand. Aside from getting into a jam, it was a much better outing from Garcia this time around.
Matt Carpenter got things started in the first inning with a lead-off double–his ninth of the season. Matt Holliday drove him in on an RBI single. It was Holliday’s 26th RBI of the season and the 992nd of his career.
In the fifth inning, the lead-off batter also scored. This time, it came as a result of a solo shot from Yadier Molina.
After the Reds scored on an RBI single in the bottom fifth, the Cards came back to put another two runs on the board in the sixth. With bases loaded, Holliday scored on a sac fly from Mark Ellis. With Craig at third, Jon Jay hit an RBI single, scoring Craig.
In the eighth inning, the Cards did some more damage. Molina led off the inning with a single and Jhonny Peralta walked. Ellis advanced both runners on a sac bunt although he was inches away from loading up the bases. Jay singled to center and drove in Molina. Matt Adams came off the bench to pinch-hit and he drove in Peralta, giving the Cardinals a 6-2 lead.