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|Pujols Homers, Garcia Sharp Again in Cardinals Victory at Cincinnati
|CINCINNATI (AP) -- Albert Pujols ended the St. Louis Cardinals' longest homer drought in three years with a two-run shot that landed in the front row, and left-hander Jaime Garcia pitched into the seventh inning in another Fernando-like appearance, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Friday night.
Ryan Ludwick added a two-run shot off Aaron Harang (2-5) that also barely cleared the wall, sparking an offense that hadn't homered in the last nine games.
Garcia (4-2) has gone at least six innings and given up two or fewer earned runs in all seven starts. It's the best such opening streak by a rookie since the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela created Fernando-mania by opening the 1981 season with eight such games.
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