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Cards look for first sweep of 2012

8:35 AM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
March 18, 2012; Jupiter FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- After what he called his worst career performance, ace Adam Wainwright will go for his third 2012 start today, still seeking that elusive first win.  And if the Cardinals can continue their recent domination of the Cincinnati Reds, he should have a better than even shot.

Jaime Garcia pitched seven effective innings and hit a two-run triple, Carlos Beltran homered again and the St. Louis Cardinals extended their winning streak to a season-high four games Wednesday night with an 11-1 rout of the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Garcia (2-0) allowed one run on seven hits and three walks. He was aided by four double plays and helped his cause with a triple off the wall in center field in the sixth that made it 7-1 and chased Mat Latos (0-2).

The Reds have dropped five of the first six games on their 10-game road trip and are already five games in back of the Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Reds are a team looking for answers.  Today they hope to find them in the right arm of Bronson Arroyo who could prevent a sweep if he pitches like he did in his last outing -- 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

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