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STL@MIL: Garcia pitches six innings of two-run ball

When the Reds last saw Jaime Garcia on April 11, they accomplished something of a rarity -- knocking him around for 11 hits and three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was an uncommon occasion considering Garcia's 6-1 career record and 3.38 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) against Cincinnati.

On Wednesday, the Reds will go for a similar result as they face the St. Louis left-hander for the second time in seven days. Garcia, who enters Wednesday with a 1-0 record and 4.22 ERA in 2012, hopes he will regain some of his previous dominance against the Reds following shaky command in both of his starts to begin the season. Though back-to-back performances against the Reds could help Garcia figure out a few things, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't so sure the familiarity guarantees success.

"The advantage, I don't think, isn't one way or another. It's about adjustments on that particular day," Matheny said.

Across the field, Reds manager Dusty Baker is simply looking for another starter to give him innings and, ideally, a victory. Though Johnny Cueto limited St. Louis to just one run over seven innings in a no-decision on Tuesday, Cincinnati starters are without a victory since Cueto's victory on Opening Day. Since then, Reds starters are 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA.

Snapping the winless streak will fall to Mat Latos, who is looking for his first quality start after two comparatively shorter outings to begin the year. Latos is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, but didn't last more than five innings in either start.

St. Louis will present a challenge on Latos' ability to go deep into the game. The Cards have treated the right-hander rudely in past starts, roughing him up for 16 runs and 23 hits in 13 1/3 innings. However, 2011 was a bright spot as Latos' held the Cardinals to just one run over eight innings in his lone outing against the Redbirds.

Reds: Chapman cruising
Aroldis Chapman continues to dominate during a span in which the bullpen has been frequently called into service over the last week and a half to support short-lived starters. The flame-throwing southpaw has yet to surrender a run this season in eight innings, with just three hits allowed while racking up 15 strikeouts without walking a batter. The 'pen has logged 38 1/3 innings in 11 games, or approximately 3 2/3 innings per game, with a 2.81 ERA.

Cardinals: Beltran's doesn't miss a beat
Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup Tuesday after exiting Sunday's game early with tightness in his right forearm after he was hit by a pitch. Beltran showed no ill effects following ice and acupuncture treatment. Beltran went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks on Tuesday. Beltran is hitting .375 (15-for-40) this season.

Worth noting
• The Cardinals are 8-3 in the first 11 games of a 27-game stretch against other National League Central clubs. St. Louis' next game against a team outside the division is May 7 in Arizona. Comments