Game Log: Homers power Cards over Jays 5-0

Game Log: Homers power Cards over Jays 5-0

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 5: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 8 at 2:49 PM

(BaseballStL) – Garcia held the Jays scoreless through 7.0 innings as Pat Neshek took over for the southpaw to grab another scoreless inning in the eighth.

Neshek did allow a walk to Bautista in a seven pitch at-bat, but he didn't get any further than first as Neshek retired the last two batters with a strike out and ground out.

In the ninth, closer Trevor Rosenthal made his way to the bump. He allowed an infield hit, but that's all the Jays would get as Rosenthal kept the shutout intact and win 5-0.

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Jhonny Peralta made a heads up play in the bottom half of the second with one out and a runner on second.

As a ground ball came his way so did the runner and the shortstop threw the baserunner out at third to end any threat. 

As the first batter up in the third inning, he shot a line driver home run over the left field wall to extend the Cardinals lead to 5-0.

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A successful hit and run put the Cardinals in a good position to score the first runs of the afternoon Sunday and they poured on the runs.

Jhonny Peralta lined out to begin the inning, but Jon Jay picked his teammate up by single to right field.

Then on the third pitch of the at-bat to Mark Ellis, he drove an outside pitch to right field while Jay was running to give the Redbirds runners on the corners with one out.

Peter Bourjos produced an RBI hitting a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jay and give the Cards a 1-0 lead. 

Mark Ellis then picked up his fourth stolen base, putting himself in scoring position as Tony Cruz blasted a double over Cabrera's head to increase the Cards lead to 2-0.

Not to be outdone, Matt Carpenter scorched a homer out to deep center for a two-run shot. Oscar Teveras then reached on an error from the second baseman to bring up Molina.

Molina grabbed a bloop base hit just inside the right field line as Taveras made it to third, But Allen Craig's fly ball ended the inning as the Redbirds batted around.

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It took his fifth start and the second batter he saw for Jaime Garcia to issue his first walk this season. 

After retiring Jose Reyes, Garcia walked Melky Cabrera on four straight balls. Garcia got Jose Bautista out with a fly ball to center.

But with Edwin Encarnacion at bat, Tony Cruz had a ball get away from him allowing Reyes to move up a base. Garcia then gave away his second walk of the game and his season to Encarnacion.

Garcia was able to get out of the potential jam with a strike out of Brett Lawrie.

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The Cardinals made a late switch in the line-up Sunday, as Matt Holliday was taken out of the order.

He was slated to serve as the designated hitter, but was replaced by Yadier Molina. In his first at-bat in the three hole, Molina earned a two-out walk, but the Cards stranded him.

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