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STL@MIL: Garcia cruises through eight strong innings

After his fellow starters kept the Rockies' bats nearly silent for the first two games of the weekend series at Busch Stadium, it's Jaime Garcia's turn on the hill to try and keep that momentum going.

The Rockies will counter with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa in the series finale as the Rockies try to snap their longest losing streak of the season at four games.

The Cardinals claimed their third consecutive victory Saturday as Adam Wainwright picked up where Shelby Miller left off Friday night, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before settling for a two-hitter. In the process, the Cardinals tied a Major League record for most consecutive batters retired by one team against another club with 40, matching the Rangers vs. the Tigers in 1996, according to Elias.

What might have gotten lost in the shuffle of those two dominating pitching performances is that the Rockies have also pitched well this weekend, with Saturday's 3-0 loss marking the fifth straight game and seventh of their last nine in which they allowed three runs or fewer.

De La Rosa is coming off an impressive six innings against the Yankees in his last start. He allowed just three hits while registering his third scoreless start.

"Jorge gave up three singles -- that's a big-time performance," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's nice to see one of our starters go out there and pitch like he did."

Apparently, Weiss and the Rockies will need another performance of that caliber to keep up with the Cardinals.

In his last outing against the Brewers at Miller Park, Garcia allowed one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters.

"It was a really good one against a tough lineup, a tough team, a tough place to pitch at," he said. "I was able to keep the ball down and take us deep in the game."

Rockies: Wilin, meet Jorge
For the first time this season, De La Rosa will be looking at Wilin Rosario's signs behind home plate. In his previous outings, the Rockies had paired veteran Yorvit Torrealba with De La Rosa, but it's Rosario's turn.

The second-year catcher has been struggling of late, going 3-for-28 (.107) since May 1. Weiss is confident that he'll pull out of the slump and contribute on both sides of the game.

"He's going to be a guy that hits for power, hits for average and be an offensive force in this league for a long time," Weiss said. "He brings a lot of positive energy every day. He's got a great attitude, a great mentality for this game.

Cardinals: Adams back in action
In his first start since returning from the disabled list, Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, showing that his continued exercises and a rehabilitation stint in the Minors appear to be doing the trick to get him healthy after a right oblique strain.

Adams, who had 11 hits in his first 19 at-bats this season, went 3-for-12 with two RBIs in a three-game rehab stint with the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate in Springfield, Mo.

"He was in a nice spot when he got hurt," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He was swinging the bat well. It's a challenge for him, but I want to get him back in there as much as I can."

Worth noting
• Following Sunday's game, the Cardinals will continue their nine-game homestand by welcoming the Mets to town for a four-game set starting Monday, while the Rockies will travel to Chicago for a three-game set starting Monday against the Cubs. The Cardinals and Rockies won't meet again until Sept. 16-19 in Denver. Comments