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Cardinals vs. Brewers, July 2

Now, was that so hard?

The Cardinals managed to score in four different innings Friday and continued to chip away at the Brewers until the job was done and a 5-0 victory was in the books.

Albert Pujols opened the scoring in the first when he hit into a double play with runners at first and third. It wasn't the best way to push a run across the plate, but it was a start... And the easily satisfied Cardinals didn't give up there. Matt Holliday doubled and Nick Stavinoha singled to score a second run.

Starter Jaime Garcia, coming off his worst start of the year was back to his previous form. He pitched seven strong shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking two while striking out seven, and wiggled out of any trouble he got into for his eight victory of the season. He held onto the two-run lead until the Cardinals added a third run in the third inning. Felipe Lopez doubled, Colby Rasmus sacrificed him to third and Pujols drove in the run with a fly ball to left for a beautiful but far too rare small ball run.

Tyler Greene, making his first appearance since being recalled from Class AAA, hit a monster solo home run just to the left of Big Mac Land in the fifth inning. It could have been a two-run shot if Garcia wouldn't have made his worst mistake of the night: cruising in to second base standing up after hitting a ball to right field that surely would have been a double if he had slid. Of course, he may have been out even if he beat the throw to second base because replays showed that he missed first base by several inches as he turned the corner.

In the eighth inning Lopez was doubled home by Holliday for the fifth and final run.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Greene's homer.

Lowlight: Pujols was 0-for-3 with a pair of pop-ups and a rally killing double play ball.