St. Louis Cardinals Recap: Jaime Garcia dominant again


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Jaime Garcia lights-out in win

The St. Louis Cardinals won their second-straight contest, topping the Miami Marlins by a 6-1 final Wednesday night thanks to a dominant start from Jaime Garcia.

The St. Louis Cardinals got yet-another strong start from left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has been nothing short of spectacular since his return from the disabled list, as they cruised to a 6-1 win over a struggling Marlins club Wednesday.

Garcia (3-3) turned in seven innings of one-run ball, scattering five hits and striking out four as the Cardinals looked to separate themselves a bit more in the National League Central.

St. Louis (47-24) scored four runs late to blow things wide open, three coming on a seventh inning home run from Jason Heyward, who has been on a tear of-late.

The Cardinals outfielder also homered in Tuesday’s series opener, giving him nine on the year. After Jhonny Peralta singled and Mark Reynolds walked, Heyward connected on a 1-0 pitch that snapped Matt Latos’ streak of five-straight balls thrown out of the zone.

Miami (30-43) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his league-leading 27th home run of the year, a solo shot, to give the Marlins a 1-0 edge.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong responded in the top of the third with a two-run shot, his ninth on the season, to put St. Louis ahead for good.

St. Louis added a run in the eighth against Miami Brad Hand, but the bulk of the damage was done against Latos, who continues to struggle for his new club.

The former Cincinnati Reds right-hander was charged with five earned on only three hits and two walks in his seven innings of work. Of the three hits he allowed, two left the yard.

What’s Next:

St. Louis will look to complete the three-game sweep on Thursday night behind right-hander Lance Lynn, who makes his return from the disabled list.

Lynn (4-4, 3.07) will be opposed by veteran right-hander Dan Haren (6-4, 3.19). First pitch at Marlins Park is set for 6:10 p.m. CT.

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