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|Cardinals Stymie Phillies Behind Garcia
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Jaime Garcia stymied the sagging Philadelphia Phillies for seven innings and Matt Holliday's homer leading off the bottom of the seventh was the go-ahead hit as the St. Louis Cardinals made it eight straight wins with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.
Felipe Lopez had two RBIs for the NL Central leaders, whose streak is the franchise's best since winning eight straight from Aug. 27-Sept. 5, 2004. Ryan Franklin got Jayson Werth on a groundout with two on to end the eighth and finished for his 18th save.
St. Louis beat the two-time defending NL champions three straight games by a 20-6 total and will go for the sweep behind 13-game winner Adam Wainwright on Thursday.
Ryan Howard hit his 22nd homer for the Phillies, who have lost six of seven.
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