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Game Log: Grichuk, Miller lead Cards over Blue Jays

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) – Mike Matheny let Shelby Miller stay in the game for the ninth inning. 

After getting Jose Reyes to fly out, Miller gave up a single to Melky Cabrera. But Miller kept Jose Bautista as bay getting him to line out to left, making him 0 for 4.

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With Buehrle out of the game, the Cardinals grabbed an insurance run with the bases loaded.

Craig hit his eleventh double of the season followed by an intentional walk from Aaron Loup to Jhonny Peralta. Oscar Taveras followed that up with a single into right.

Five pitches later, Loup walked Mark Ellis with the bases loaded to give them 2-0 lead.

Loup caught Bourjos looking, but Tony Cruz, starting in place of Yadier Molina, shot a hit up the middle to plate two more runs and extend the Cards' lead to 4-0.

The Redbirds loaded the bases once more, with a free pass to Matt Carpenter. Earning his second RBI of the game, Grichuk earned a walk to push to score to 5-0.

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Miller ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning with runners on second and third with two outs.

After giving up a single to Jose Reyes, Allen Craig dove for a ground ball from Melky Cabrera and it deflect off his glove to put his starter in the predicament.

But after a meeting on the mound, Miller went after Jose Bautista and struck him out on four fastballs ranging from 96-97 mph.

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Randal Grichuk, who has recently lost starts to Oscar Taveras and Peter Bourjos, smack his first MLB homer to give the Cards a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.

The homer opened up scoring in an otherwise pitching duel between Buehrle and Miller.

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Both starting pitchers dealt zero-zero baseball through the first three innings Saturday afternoon.

St. Louis-native Mark Buehrle had given up just one hit through the first three innings, fanning four Redbirds. Shelby Miller, who had two strike outs through three innings, retired all nine batters he faced without allowing a hit.

But in the top half of the fourth inning, Jhonny Peralta started things up for the Redbirds, shooting a double to center, followed by a walk to Oscar Taveras. Peralta serving as the first runner from either team to be in scoring position.

Peter Bourjos then smacked a 3-0 pitch off Buehrle's leg to reach first safely, giving the Cards bases loaded with two outs. But Tony Cruz grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

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