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Garcia Wins 12th, Cards Tops Nate to Stop Skid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the day Stephen Strasburg was declared done for the season, another rookie kept humming along, pitching the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the ballpark where Strasburg is supposed to rule.

Jaime Garcia pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings Friday night, and Albert Pujols hit his 401st home run as the Cardinals broke a three-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

Garcia (12-6) worked out of several jams, tied a season-high with seven strikeouts and extended his streak to 20 1-3 innings without allowing an earned run. The 24-year-old left-hander leads major league rookies in wins.

Pujols hit his 400th homer Thursday and twisted in his ankle in a 13-inning loss. He hit a solo shot off Scott Olsen (3-7).

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