Garcia continues his home pitching mastery

Garcia: A different pitcher at Busch

Behind Jaime Garcia, St. Louis defeated the visiting New York Mets Tuesday for the second time in two nights.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Left-hander Jaime Garcia gained his first win since May 16 on Tuesday night as his home-road trend continued.

 

Garcia, who missed two months this season because of shoulder problems, held the New York Mets to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings as the Cardinals beat the Mets for the second straight night, 5-1.

 

Garcia (4-6) scattered nine singles before he was lifted with one out in the eighth. A double-play ball booted by shortstop Daniel Descalso, who otherwise had an outstanding night, kept the inning alive for the Mets to score their run.

 

He didn't want to discuss it afterward, but Garcia is 18-11 at home with a 2.42 earned run average and 13-11 with a 4.59 ERA on the road for his career.

 

Since he returned from the disabled list, Garcia has an 0.00 ERA for 15 1/3 innings at home and 7.94 for two losses on the road.

 

Manager Mike Matheny said, "You don't ignore trends. But there's no great explanation for it.

 

"He has good stuff. He has better than good stuff. He has great stuff. It's a matter of him maturing as a pitcher. I imagine we're going to see better outings on the road from Jaime."

 

Garcia said his shoulder actually began feeling better in Washington on Thursday when he suffered an 8-1 loss. "Obviously, the results didn't show it," he said.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

LF Matt Holliday came out of the game in the seventh after feeling tightness in his lower back. He likely will miss Wednesday's start and then will have an off day to heal before the Cardinals play again Friday.

C Yadier Molina's infield hit, the 1,000th hit of his career, was the spark for a three-run Cardinals second inning. He received a lengthy standing ovation from the Busch Stadium crowd and later got his 1,001st hit.

RHP Chris Carpenter, recovering from surgery to alleviate a nerve problem that affected his shoulder, threw 51 pitches to Cardinals INF Pete Kozma, OF Adron Chambers and INF Ryan Jackson in a three-inning simulated game, and all signs were positive. Carpenter is rebounding faster than expected, and general manager John Mozeliak didn't dismiss the possibility of the 37-year-old starting a game this year. "I need to make sure that I'm good enough to help this ballclub," said Carpenter. "We have some quality guys out there who are going out there every fifth day. I have to get my stuff right, get my command right and get my pitch limit up to where I can give us a positive effort out there."

RHPs Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal gave the Cardinals' veteran relievers the night off by pitching the eighth and ninth. Lynn, 13-5 as a starter, helped get LHP Jaime Garcia out of the eighth inning, and manager Mike Matheny later said, "He's going to have some really good outings. Nobody who steps into the box likes seeing what he has. He throws a cannonball. He looks completely different out there. It looks like he's finally got himself together as far as what his disposition needs to be coming out of the pen."

SS Daniel Descalso had two hits, scored a run and was robbed of an extra-base hit by New York CF Andres Torres. Descalso booted a double-play ball but made several other good plays and said he felt comfortable at shortstop, which he will be playing a lot with Rafael Furcal out for the season with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Furcal had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm Tuesday in an effort to speed the healing process and try to avoid surgery.

RF Carlos Beltran rested his sore left knee again but is expected to play on Wednesday afternoon. Beltran suffered the injury while making a sliding attempt at a foul ball Sunday in Washington.

By the Numbers:

4 - Runs out of 10 the Cardinals have scored without benefit of a hit in the first two games of the series with the New York Mets. Two came on sacrifice flies and two on groundouts.

Quote to Note:

"I wasn't taking care of business like I should have been. Obviously, I changed my ways and got everything where it needed to be."

- RHP Shelby Miller, a former No. 1 draft pick who had struggled at Class AAA Memphis, both physically and with his maturity, in the first half before excelling in the second half to merit a recall.

MEDICAL WATCH

LF Matt Holliday (tight lower back) came out of the game Sept. 4 and likely won't play Sept. 5.

RF Carlos Beltran (sore left knee) didn't play Sept. 3 or 4 but is expected to be back in the lineup Sept. 5.

SS Rafael Furcal (torn ligament in right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 31 and is out for the season. He might need Tommy John surgery but first will get a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Sept. 4 in the hopes of avoiding having to go under the knife.

RHP Kyle McClellan (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 due to a strained right elbow, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He threw on flat ground for the first time July 3, but he subsequently felt shoulder pain. He had season-ending shoulder surgery July 10.

RHP Chris Carpenter (right shoulder surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. He underwent what was believed to be season-ending surgery July 19 to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome. But he has been throwing since mid-August and still hopes to pitch again this season.

Link to boxscore: St. Louis 5, New York 1

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