TORONTO -- Jaime Garcia threw seven scoreless innings while Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta both went deep to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 series-clinching win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
Garcia (2-0) had his way with the potent Blue Jays lineup a day after right-hander Shelby Miller turned in a dominating three-hit shutout. While Garcia wasn't at his sharpest to start the game -- he issued his first two walks of the season in the opening frame -- he regrouped to help the Cardinals (33-31) keep the Blue Jays (38-26) off the scoreboard for the second straight game.
The lefty allowed three hits, walked three and struck out four in front 45,726, the fifth sellout at Rogers Centre this season.
St. Louis did all its damage against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison, who was charged with five runs over three innings in the shortest non-injury start of his career. Hutchison (4-4), who allowed six hits, walked one and stuck out one, had a personal three-game winning streak snapped.
Third baseman Carpenter hit his second homer of the season to cap off a four-run second inning by the Cardinals, who took two of three games from the Blue Jays after losing three consecutive series in a row. Toronto was undefeated in its previous seven series, the club's longest such streak since June 2000.
Shortstop Peralta began the third inning by hitting a solo homer, his team-leading 10th of the season, to give the Cardinals a commanding 5-0 lead.
Right-handers Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal worked two scoreless innings of relief to help the Cardinals win back-to-back games for the first time since May 24-25.
Jose Bautista drew a one-out walk in the eighth inning, the right fielder's major league-leading 50th of the season.
NOTES: Cardinals DH Matt Holliday was scratched from the lineup with lower back tightness. Yadier Molina served as the DH and batted third. ... Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong (left shoulder) missed his third consecutive game, but expects to return for Tuesday's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. ... St. Louis 1B Matt Adams (calf strain) could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis as early as Monday. ... Blue Jays RHP Sergio Santos threw his second successful bullpen session of the week on Sunday and is set to begin a rehab assignment. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons turned 52 years old Sunday.