Garcia, HRs help St. Louis KO Cincinnati


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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)


St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter prepares to get splashed with water after hitting a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)


Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, is congratulated by Tyler Holt after hitting a home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)


ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered to back up a second straight dominant start by Jaime Garcia as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Carpenter’s homer in the first inning was his second leadoff home run of the season and 11th of his career. It was also Carpenter’s second career homer against Reds starter Anthony DeScalfani.

Peralta’s solo homer in fourth was the 200th of his career. Peralta is hitting .345 in August.

Garcia (9-8) needed just 85 pitches to get through 8-plus innings and 19 of his 24 outs were ground balls or strikeouts. He has given up two runs in his last 16 innings.

Seung-Hwan Oh earned his 10th save.

DeSclafani (6-1) took his first loss of the season and in his career in five appearances against St. Louis. The three runs he gave up in five innings equaled the three total he gave up in his three previous starts against the Cardinals spanning 19 innings.

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111844832-ed97bba5db1544dfa00385f5ba9bb391.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter prepares to get splashed with water after hitting a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111844832-05a10dbde31f42c887dc8007fdcf1767.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter prepares to get splashed with water after hitting a home run off of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, is congratulated by Tyler Holt after hitting a home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111844832-512c9826b8d84c9095b1671aca00cc5a.jpgCincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, is congratulated by Tyler Holt after hitting a home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

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