ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Cardinals(41-37) lost their second consecutive home series in a 6-3 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays (38-39) on Saturday night just before the storms rolled into downtown St. Louis. A couple walks and a close play that went to in the Blue Jays’ favor led to a big enough inning that was too much for the home team to overcome.
Jaime Garcia (6-3, 3.06) picked up his first loss at Busch Stadium this season as he faced 30 batters in 7.0 innings pitched. He allowed 4 runs, only one of those earned, on 5 hits, 3 walks, an intentional walk, and a home run that was the eventual difference.
Garcia goes back through the at-bat to Juan Rivera:
Garcia got himself into trouble in the top of the third by walking the first two, including pitcher Carlos Villanueva. Aaron Hill advanced the runners with a groundout to second leaving first base open with Jose Bautista, the hero from Friday night, up to bat. Manager Tony LaRussa finally elected to intentionally walk the dangerous Bautista, and the next batter Adam Lind hit a deep sacrifice fly to center put the Blue Jays on the board tying the game 1-1. With two outs, Toronto took the lead 2-1 when Escobar scored on a ground ball to Daniel Descalso in which J.P. Arencibia barely reached due to a high throw. Finally, with two men still on and an out away from escaping, Juan Rivera tattooed a Garcia change-up into the left field stands for 3-run shot to extend Toronto’s lead to 5-1.
It was Rivera’s sixth homer this season. After flyout to right field in his first at-bat on a change-up, Rivera went back to plate his second time and talked about what he was looking for from Garcia:
The Cardinals out-hit the Blue Jays on Saturday, but could manufacture only a run in the fourth inning even though 9 would reach. Toronto’s starter Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 3.15) was not dominant, but efficient enough by allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings.
Blue Jays’s first-year manager John Farrell was pleased with Villanueva’s effort:
Ryan Theriot scored the first run when Matt Holliday grounded into a double play to essentially kill the rally. In the fourth down 5-1, the Cardinals got a RBI single from Yadier Molina with two outs to cut the lead down, but that was it.
In the eighth inning down 5-2, Theriot reached with his second single and Jon Jay reached after being hit by reliever Jon Rauch. The tying run was now at the plate in the person of Matt Holliday and he’s certainly capable of evening up the score, yet was called out on strikes on a questionable inside pitch off the plate. Holliday immediately argued the call and was ejected by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson.
The rally in the eighth was over when Lance Berkman grounded into Cardinals’ second double play on the night.
Reliever Ryan Franklin made his first appearance since June 15, and did go 2.0 innings, but gave up a home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the ninth inning. That is now 9 home runs allowed in 19 appearances for the former closer.
Tony LaRussa commented on Franklin’s outing:
Down 6-2, the Cardinals attempted to rally in the ninth as ‘Mother Nature’ was making her presence felt with flashes of lightning, grumblings of thunder, and finally a steady downpour. As the third out looked to be secure, Blue Jays’ closer Frank Francisco made a throwing error allowing a run to score and the tying run to hit. Yet, the game would not get any closer as the game ended in the next at-bat.
NOTES … After allowing just 2 earned runs on Saturday, the Blue Jays’ pitching staff now has a 2.77 team ERA on their current road trip … The broadcast on Sunday for the Charter Communications Pregame Show on KMOX 1120 AM will start at 12:20pm.
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