ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia got rocked again by Colorado and fell well short of giving the St. Louis Cardinals three straight pitching gems.
“I made a couple mistakes and paid the consequences,” Garcia said after allowing two homers that accounted for five runs in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. “Those guys had been doing an unbelievable job and you want to be able to continue a good thing.”
Jorge De La Rosa held the Cardinals hitless into the seventh inning and Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run homer ended Colorado’s scoreless streak at 28 innings.
De La Rosa did not give up a hit until David Freese’s two-out single in the seventh, answering a pair of outstanding performances by St. Louis starters Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright over the weekend.
“Jaime definitely had a couple of pretty tough acts to follow,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We know this is a good-hitting team, we know they’re capable of jumping on you and putting up a lot of runs in a hurry. It happened today.”
Garcia (4-2) had won three straight starts with a 1.25 ERA and no homers allowed in that stretch of 21 2-3 innings before running into the Rockies. He gave up five runs over six innings and fell to 0-3 with a 10.53 ERA — his highest against any opponent — in four starts against Colorado.
The left-hander entered as the career ERA leader at 8-year-old Busch Stadium at 2.41 but was undone by a changeup that stayed up in the zone against Tulowitzki in the third and a hanging curveball against Charlie Blackmon, who struck out in his first two at-bats, that went for a two-run homer in the sixth.
The Rockies and Marlins are the only National League teams Garcia hasn’t beaten.
“How many starts have I made against them? Today was my fourth one?” Garcia said. “Obviously, they have a really good lineup, but I don’t think about those things.”