Tommy Pham had his second career three-hit game, Jaime Garcia pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Tuesday night.
Three days after his first three-hit game, Pham singled twice and got his second career triple. He scored three times.
Six players had RBIs for the Cardinals, two apiece for Jhonny Peralta, Jason Heyward and Yadier Molina. The Cardinals’ Peter Bourjos’ got his first career pinch-hit home run.
Garcia (6-4) allowed a run and four hits, striking out six and walking one. The Cardinals, 35 games above .500, earned their MLB-best 80th victory and lengthened their lead to five games over second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Robbie Ray (3-10) lasted three innings plus two batters. He allowed six runs and five hits. Ray walked five, hit a batter and struck out one.
Cardinals: First baseman Matt Adams, coming back from quadriceps surgery, could begin playing in rehab games as early as next week. … Outfielder Matt Holliday has started hitting and throwing, but is still limited running after sustaining a second quadriceps strain.