Left-hander Jaime Garcia sometimes can be distracted by things he should have control of and by others for which he has no control. However, he displayed unwavering focus Wednesday night and mixed in a key single, too, in the Cardinals' 4-1 win at chilly AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Garcia, winning for the first time since April 18, had good movement on his fastball and also featured a sharp curveball and deceptive changeup as he tied his career high for strikeouts at nine, which he first achieved in San Francisco last year.
He didn't issue a walk in his 7 13 innings. Garcia now has a 1.27 ERA in four starts against the Giants.
"When he's on, he's virtually unhittable," said third baseman David Freese, who ended an 0-for-17 slide with a homer, a double and a single. "That's the type of game we expect from him and what he expects from himself."
Backup catcher Tony Cruz, giving Yadier Molina a rare day off, slowed down Garcia when he needed to and seemed in sync with the left-h...