By JOE HARRIS
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jaime Garcia pitched eight scoreless innings and had an RBI single to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Garcia (8-8) struck out 11 as he topped the 100-strikeout mark for the third time in his career.
He pitched out of a two-on, no out jam in the fourth, striking out Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp before getting Adonis Garcia to ground out. Freeman and Kemp, third and fourth in the Braves’ lineup, were a combined 0 for 6 against Jaime Garcia with five strikeouts.
Garcia’s two-out single in the second drove in Matt Holliday.
Garcia needed just 89 pitches to get through eight innings, facing three batters over the minimum. Seung Hwan Oh got the last three outs for his ninth save.