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Garcia labors through three innings

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia, walking three and giving up seven hits, labored through three innings today against the Boston Red Sox, although he gave up just three runs.

The Red Sox led 3-2 after three innings. Garcia threw a high total of 63 pitches, 41 for strikes.

Rookie third baseman Matt Carpenter was the most impressive Cardinal in the early innings. The 13th-round pick from TCU in 2009, started a double play after fielding a short-hop grounder, ran deep into foul territory to make an over-the-shoulder reception and singled in his first at-bat.

The Cardinals got their runs on back-to-back hits by Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday in the first inning.

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