Shelby Miller’s complete game lifts Cardinals past Blue Jays

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Shelby Miller pitched a complete game shutout to help the St. Louis Cardinals snap a two-game losing skid with a 5-0 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday at Rogers Center.

Miller (7-5), who took a no-hitter into the sixth, yielded three hits with a walk and three strikeouts as the Cardinals (32-31) avoided slipping below .500 for the first time at this point of the season since 2007.

Randal Grichuk hit his first career homer while Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who matched the Texas Rangers with Major League-most 11 shutouts this season.

Veteran Mark Buehrle (10-2) absorbed the loss after giving up one run on five hits with five walks and six strikeouts for the Blue Jays, who lead the American League in runs scored, home runs and hits and had been shut out just once previously this season.

Miller kept Toronto’s activity to a minimum, retiring 13 straight to open his 13th start before a walk foiled that stretch. Toronto didn’t get its first hit until Jose Reyes lined a single to right with two outs in the sixth.

That was the only spot of the afternoon for Miller, as Melky Cabrera followed with a double off the glove of diving first baseman Allen Craig. However, Miller struck out Jose Bautista with a 97-mph offering.

Miller pitched with the lead beginning in the fifth after Grichuk took Buehrle’s first-pitch changeup over the center field wall.

The Cardinals later provided Miller with some breathing room, scoring four times off reliever Aaron Loup in the eighth.

Miller followed the big inning by retiring five of his final six batters and notching his second career complete game. The first was also a shutout, that coming last May in a game he closed by retiring 27 in a row.

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