Garcia gets win as Cardinals beat Blue Jays 5-0

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TORONTO (AP) - Jaime Garcia gave the St. Louis Cardinals their first winning streak in two weeks, and helped extend a streak of shutouts, too.

Garcia and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered, and the Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday.

“Just a great win, great series against a team that couldn’t be any hotter than they were when we rolled in here,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of beating the AL East-leading Blue Jays.

Garcia (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, walked three and struck out four to win for the first time in three starts.

“They’ve got one of the best lineups in the league and I knew it was going to be a tough challenge,” Garcia said. “I was able to get them off balance a little bit and then tried keep the ball down.”

Pat Neshek worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for the Cardinals, who have a Major League-high 12 shutouts this season. Texas entered Sunday with 11.

The Cardinals recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 10 and 11, 2013, against Colorado.

St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since May 24 and 25 against Cincinnati.

The Blue Jays, who had been blanked just once this season before Saturday, went scoreless for the second straight game and matched their season-low with three hits. Shelby Miller pitched a three-hitter to beat the Blue Jays 5-0 on Saturday.

“They stuck it to us pretty good the last couple of days,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Toronto hadn’t been shut out in consecutive games since Sept. 3 and 4, 2012, against Baltimore.

Toronto lost consecutive games for the first time since May 29-30 against Kansas City. They haven’t lost three straight since dropping the first three of a four-game home series against the Angels from May 9-11. The Blue Jays had won seven series since.

The Cardinals opened the scoring with a four-run, bat-around second against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison. Peter Bourjos hit a sacrifice fly, Tony Cruz had an RBI double and Carpenter followed with a two-run homer, his first since April 4.

Peralta made it 5-0 when he led off the third with a drive to left, his team-leading 10th.

Hutchison (4-4) allowed five runs and six hits in three innings, his shortest start of the season. He walked one and struck out one.

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