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Toronto,  ON  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jaime  Garcia  twirled seven  outstanding innings as the St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Toronto Blue Jays for a second straight day via a 5-0 victory at Rogers Centre.

Garcia  (2-0)  followed up Shelby  Miller's complete-game effort in Saturday's 5-0 triumph with a gem of his own, yielding just three singles and three walks in his best outing since returning from the disabled list in mid-May.

"They  have one of the best lineups in the league. I knew it was going to be a challenge,"  said Garcia. "I was able to get them off balance a little bit and then keep the ball down."

The  effort,  supported by home  runs from  Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, gave  St.  Louis its  first series  win since  taking two  of three games from Cincinnati from May 23-25.

Carpenter  finished with two  hits and two RBI and Peralta went 2-for-4 with a solo blast.

Both  homers  were served  up by  Drew Hutchison (4-4),  who lasted only three innings and was tagged for five runs and six hits.

Garcia  held  Toronto's  usually  potent  bats in  check  all  throughout  the afternoon,  registering 15  ground-ball outs and permitting just one hit until Jose Reyes singled with two down in the fifth inning.

That  was the Jays' best scoring chance of the contest, as a passed ball and a Carpenter error got Reyes to third before Garcia fanned Jose Bautista.

"It  was like he was ahead of us the whole game, moving in and out," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Garcia.

Garcia's  teammates gave him plenty of cushion earlier by battering Hutchinson for five hits during a four-run second inning.

Singles  by Jon  Jay and  Mark  Ellis began  the uprising  and Peter  Bourjos' sacrifice  fly drove in  the game's first run before Tony Cruz lashed a double to left to bring home Ellis.

Carpenter  then homered  off  the batter's  eye  in center  field  to put  the Cardinals up by a comfortable 4-0 count.

"I did a bad job of controlling the situation," Hutchison said. "I fell behind some guys and hung some pitches and made mistakes and they got hit."

Peralta  extended the  margin an inning later, hammering a second-pitch slider from Hutchinson into the left-field seats.

Todd  Redmond took  over for Hutchinson to begin the fourth inning and limited St. Louis to four hits over five scoreless frames.

                                   Game Notes

The shutout was the Cardinals' 12th in 64 games this season ... Toronto lost a series  for the first time since dropping three of four to the Angels from May 9-12,  with the  Jays going  6-0-1 in  seven sets  since ...  St. Louis'  Matt Holliday  was scratched  from the  lineup due  to lower  back tightness,  with Yadier  Molina filling  in at DH ... Reyes' single extended his hitting streak
to  nine games ...  Garcia had not walked a batter in any of his four previous starts this season.

 
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