Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, June 8 (All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (32-31) at Toronto Blue Jays (38-25), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jamie Garcia (1-0, 5.47) Toronto - Drew Hutchison (4-3, 3.50)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals hope to deal the Toronto Blue Jays a rare series loss on Sunday when the two teams conclude their three-game interleague set at Rogers Centre.
After losing Friday's opener, St. Louis evened this set at a game apiece on Saturday, as Shelby Miller tossed a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win.
Miller (7-5) was nearly flawless against the best offense in the majors, striking out five with just one walk to end a personal three-game losing skid.
Toronto, which had won six straight games and 15 of 17 overall, entered the day leading the major league with 314 runs and 89 homers.
Winning the series could be a tough task for the Cards, as the Blue Jays have lost back-to-back games only once in their last 25 contests.
"(Miller) was tremendous," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "They have a good pitching staff over there, as good as anybody in baseball. We hit a couple balls that we thought might have a chance, but they flagged them down."
Randall Grichuk put the Cardinals in front with the first homer in his major league career, a solo shot to center in the fifth inning off Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (10-2).
"I'm just glad I got it," said Grichuk, referring to his first home run. "I got it out of the way."
Buehrle, who had won six straight decisions, was the hard-luck loser in this one after yielding just the one run on five hits over seven frames.
Getting the call for St. Louis on Sunday will be lefty Jamie Garcia, who is 1-0 with a 5.47 ERA, but is coming off an awful showing his last time out. Garcia did not get a decision against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, but was tagged for six runs in five innings of his team's 8-7 loss.
"I didn't get the job done; it was unacceptable," Garcia said after his latest start. "I've got to go out there and do a better job than that."
Garcia has split his two starts versus the Jays, pitching to a 2.77 ERA in the process.
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with righty Drew Hutchison, who is 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA. Like Garcia, Hutchison did not get a decision on Tuesday in Detroit, but it was through no fault of his own, as he scattered three hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win.
"The kid's good," Gibbons said. "He's doing a heck of a job."
The Blue Jays swept a three-game series in St. Louis in the last meeting on June 24-26, 2011.
06/08 10:22:43 ET