CINCINNATI – Left-hander Jaime Garcia got his first victory in more than a year on Saturday night, taking another step in his comeback from shoulder surgery, and Yadier Molina homered again in the city where he’s always booed, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals evened their series at a game apiece. St. Louis has won nine of the last 10 series between the NL Central rivals.
Garcia (1-0) made his second start since recovering from surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff last May. He gave up six hits and a pair of runs in 5 2-3 innings, fanning seven and retiring 12 batters in a row over one span.
Ryan Ludwick homered in the ninth off Jason Motte. Trevor Rosenthal came on with two outs and fanned Todd Frazier with two runners aboard for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Molina hit a solo shot off left-hander Tony Cingrani (2-4), who has lost both of his starts since returning from the disabled list. Cingrani, who had shoulder tendinitis, has given up eight runs and 14 hits in 12 innings his last two times out.
PHILLIES 5, DODGERS 3: In Philadelphia, David Buchanan, filling in for injured ace Cliff Lee, threw five effective innings in his major league debut and Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to give struggling Philadelphia at lift.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, METS 2: In New York, Josh Collmenter provided another solid start, Martin Prado hit a pair of RBI singles and Arizona ended a three-game skid.
ROCKIES 3, BRAVES 1: In Atlanta, Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered and Juan Nicasio (5-2) turned around his ugly history against Atlanta – 0-3 and 9.82 ERA in four starts – and gave up only two hits in six shutout innings.
MARLINS 2, BREWERS 1: In Miami, Jacob Turner pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Baker drove in the runs for Miami, which has won three of four.
PIRATES 3, NATIONALS 2: In Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison had a tiebreaking, two-out single in the seventh inning after Jose Tabata hit a sacrifice fly and Pittsburgh nailed down its fourth straight win.
RAYS 6, RED SOX 5, 15 inn.: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Andrew Miller threw a force attempt at second base into center field, allowing pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to score in the bottom of the 15th inning as Tampa Bay handed Boston its ninth consecutive loss.
Red Sox last lost nine in a row Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001.
BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2: In Toronto, R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Brett Lawrie homered and AL East-leading Toronto won for the 10th time in 12 games.
INDIANS 9, ORIOLES 0: In Baltimore, Corey Kluber struck out nine in seven innings, and Cleveland beat former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez and Baltimore for its fifth win in six games.