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MIL@STL: Garcia shuts out Brewers over seven frames

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia returns to Busch Stadium on Tuesday against the rival Reds, ready to bring his team out of its most recent funk.

Garcia has pitched his best in St. Louis this season, holding teams to just three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings. He also has a career 2.45 ERA when pitching at home.

Those are numbers the Cardinals would like to see duplicated as they work to stop a season-long three-game losing streak, a span in which they have been outscored, 16-3.

"These guys have been going about it the right way," Redbirds manager Mike Matheny said. "You make adjustments and get ready for the next one."

Garcia pitched well in his previous start, which came on the road on Wednesday, surrendering just one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals for his second win.

Meanwhile, right-hander Bronson Arroyo will be on the hill for the Reds, looking to recover after a shaky start against the Nationals on Thursday.

Although Arroyo has produced quality starts in three of his five outings, he was lit up early by Washington, giving up six runs in the first three innings. He was able to battle through six innings, but the Reds took an 8-1 loss, and he fell to 2-2 on the season, with a 4.24 ERA.

"I didn't feel super-strong out there, but I've felt like that plenty of times and had decent games," Arroyo said after the game. "They hit some balls where we weren't, and they hit some balls hard when I made some mistakes."

Against the Cardinals on April 9, Arroyo allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, taking the loss to continue his woes at Busch Stadium. In 15 career games in St. Louis, he is 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA.  

Reds: Heisey lands on DL
Left fielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a strained right hamstring, and outfielder Donald Lutz was recalled from Double-A Pensacola.

Heisey injured the hamstring on Saturday running to first base as he grounded into a double play. He's struggled this season, batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.

The left-handed-hitting Lutz, 24, batted .211 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games for Pensacola and had an impressive Spring Training, batting .277 with two homers. He pinch-hit in the seventh inning of Monday's game, grounding out to second base.

"He brings a lot of energy. He has a ton of talent," manager Dusty Baker said. "He struggled some [in the Minors]. I said to him, 'It was a great opportunity. It's not like you really earned this spot.' He was the next guy on the roster that I was hoping would be doing well."

Cardinals: Maness called up
Right-hander Seth Maness was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Monday morning to help the beleaguered bullpen. To make room on the 25-man roster, left-hander Marc Rzepczynski was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

The 24-year-old Maness went 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA last season, which he began in Class A Palm Beach and finished with Double-A Springfield. In four Triple-A starts this season (25 innings), he allowed 12 earned runs on 34 hits.

"It's quite a feeling, a rush, a lot of emotions running through you, for sure," Maness said. "I'm just happy to be here."

Worth noting
• The Reds have won all five of their home series and lost all three of their road series.

• Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was held out of the lineup on Monday, as he was weak following an extended bout with a stomach illness. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning and flied out to left field. Comments