Jaime Garcia scattered seven hits over eight innings of one-run ball and Matt Holliday hit his 3rd home run of the season to lift the Cardinals to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.
Garcia struck out three and issued no walks on the way to earning his third win of the season. Edward Mujica struck out the side in the top of the ninth to notch his fifth save of the year for St. Louis. Holliday finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate, with the home run and a pair of RBI. Carlos Beltran was the only Cardinal batter to reach base more than once as he turned in a 3-for-4 night at the plate for St. Louis.
Shin-Shoo Coo supplied the only run of support for Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who falls to 2-3 on the season after allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings of work. Choo laced an RBI double off of the wall in left center field in the top of the fifth inning, scoring Derrick Robinson to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The St. Louis Cardinals offense responded an inning and a half later as Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run to left center field.That was all the support Garcia needed as the Cardinals lefty surrendered just one hit after the fifth inning.
The win snaps the Cardinals three-game losing streak and ties the series with the Reds at a game a piece. The two teams will play the rubber match of their three-game set tomorrow afternoon at Busch. Lance Lynn will toe the rubber for St. Louis in the series finale, while the Reds counter with Homer Bailey. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.