St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tyler Greene (27) watches as Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman (12) misses a foul ball against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- Left-hander Jaime Garcia, who lost a 3-0 lead at Cincinnati last week in what became a no-decision, put the hammer down by throwing four double-play balls Wednesday night in an 11-1 win over the Reds. It was his seventh win in eight career decisions against Cincinnati.
An offense that didn't get a hit in nine at-bats with men in scoring position on Tuesday in a 2-1 victory put together seven hits in 14 at-bats with men in scoring position, including two home runs, on Wednesday. One of the hits was a two-run triple by Garcia, who collected his first career three-base hit.
Right fielder Carlos Beltran got his first hit in eight at-bats with a man in scoring position, but it was his fifth home run, high on the club. When he homered off right-hander Mat Latos in the second, it marked his third homer in three at-bats against Latos.
But in the celebration came a down note. First baseman Lance Berkman, who had just returned to the lineup after missing four games with a strained left calf suffered last week, hurt his leg again chasing a foul fly in the fifth inning. He seems headed to the disabled list.
The Cardinals, by winning the first two games of this series, have won their first five series, counting the one-game set at Miami with which they opened the season.