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Cardinals vs. Giants, Aug. 22

Okay, I admit it. I have no clue what's going on with the Cardinals.

On Saturday they beat two-time defending Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum like a drum. Then on Sunday they face soft-tossing lefty Barry Zito -- who is usually poison to the Cardinals no matter how bad his record is -- and they had one of their biggest offensive days of the season in 1 9-0 drubbing.

The Cardinals pounded out 15 hits in the contest with rookies Allen Craig and Jon Jay -- both sagging at the plate lately -- leading the way. Jay was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Craig was 2-for-5 with a homer, a run and three RBIs. But everybody in the starting lineup joined the hit parade with Brendan Ryan, Yadier Molina and Pedro Feliz each adding a pair of safeties.

The star of the show, however, was rookie starter Jaime Garcia who threw a complete game shutout with only 89 pitches. Garcia struck out six and walked none.

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Albert Pujols gets a base hit in the third inning of the Cardinals Sunday win over the Giants. AP photo.

Cardinals Star of the Game
: Garcia

Cardinals Play of the Game: Craig's fourth inning two-run homer to give the Birds a 5-0 lead.

Lowlight: Cincinnati held off the Dodgers to stay 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Central.