Jaime Garcia (54) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
(The Cardinal Nation Show) - The defending world champion Cardinals have won the first two games of the trio in Cincinnati, including a 3-1 triumph Tuesday when Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run in the first and David Freese added a two-run shot in the sixth.
For the Cardinals, lefty Jaime Garcia, a 13-game winner in the last two seasons, makes his second start of 2012 after an 11-5 defeat of Milwaukee on April 6.
He allowed five hits and two runs in six innings against the Brewers, walking two and striking out three.
Garcia carried a 3.56 ERA across 194 2/3 innings last season while winning 13 of 20 decisions.
He is 6-1 in nine appearances against the Reds - seven starts - with a 3.13 ERA.
Cincinnati was 9-6 against the Cards last season.
Dominican-born right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his second start of the season with a chance to salvage a series today when the Cincinnati Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Cueto, who turned 26 in February, was a 12-game winner in 2010 and won nine times in 2011 with a stingy 2.31 earned run average in 156 innings.
He opened 2012 with a flourish, pitching seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball in a 4-0 defeat of the Miami Marlins on April 5.
In 13 career starts against St. Louis, Cueto is 4-4 with a 4.94 ERA in 71 innings.
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