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Garcia leads Cardinals to series win

TORONTO -- In a weekend series at their ballpark against the reigning National League champs, the first-place Toronto Blue Jays got the exact kind of games they probably expected.

They were crisp outings. They had good pace. They included shows of power and home runs.

It was exactly what Toronto has been accustomed to this season.

Only this time they weren't playing them.

The Cardinals hurled a second consecutive shutout at one of the finest lineups in the American League and won 5-0 on Sunday to take the three-game series and right a listing record. Jaime Garcia had his first shutout appearance of the season--and one of his finest games since 2012 and the shoulder trouble started. Garcia threw seven shutout innings and he put the left side (his right) of his infield to work. Garcia struck out four but got 15 groundouts.

Only one of the final 14 batters he faced got the ball out of the infield.

Over two days in Toronto two of the Cardinals' pitchers who had most recently struggled with the mushroom-cloud innings that detonated their starts--Garcia and Shelby Miller--pitched 16 scoreless innings against the Jays.

The Cardinals had the power show, too. Home runs by Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta gifted an early lead for Garcia. A double by Tony Cruz helped as well. Carpenter finished with two hits, and Peralta had two extra-base hits on the game and two other deep drives that resulted in outs.

Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal completed the shutout with scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Each reliever allowed one baserunner.

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