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May 12: Cardinals 9, Cubs 1

There's nothing better to wash the putrid taste of defeat from one's palet than a hearty swig of victory.

And that's what Cardinals fans got Thursday when the Redbirds returned the favor for their Wednesday night beatdown by roughing up Chicago 9-1.

The Cubs have largely had their way with southpaws this season. But that didn't stop Jaime Garcia from plowing through seven innings with only one run allowed. He scattered nine hits and pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in order to earn his fifth victory in five decisions and lower his season ERA from 1.99 to 1.89.

Jon Jay, Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina each collected three hits on the day while Matt Holliday was 2-for-4 with a home run.

Allen Craig an outfielder who sometimes moonlights at third base started the game at second. Perhaps manager Tony La Russa called temporary skipper Joe Pettini out of concern that no one has played uncofortably out of position in far too long. But Craig made the plays that confronted him, including doing his part in turning a key double play.

The win pushed St. Louis to six games over .500 and a game and a half in front of the second place Reds whom they will visit for a three-game set starting Friday.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Jay drove in three runs and scored another to help the Cardinals take two of three in the Wrigley Field road trip.

Cardinals play of the Game: Garcia struck out Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo -- after getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out with one down -- to get out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth.

Lowlight: Daniel Descalso, hero of the Tuesday win over the Wee Bears, was 0-for-5 with four runners stranded on base.