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Taveras and Garcia bombs lift Birds to 13-7 win

Springfield, MO- The Springfield Cardinalsjumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first four innings, lead by just one after four and a half and ended up winning 13-7 thanks to four Redbirds homers.

The Cardinals sent lefty Anthony Ferrara to the mound in his second AA start against righty Johnny Hellweg of the Travelers.

Springfield wasted no time jumping out to an early lead in the first as Kolten Wong singled, Jermaine Curtis was hit by a pitch and Oscar Taveras launched a three-run homer to center field to give the Redbirds a 3-0 lead.

In the 2nd, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out and Jamie Romak was hit by a pitch to force a run home making it 4-0. Johnny Hellweg left the game after plunking Romak after just 1.1 innings of work allowing four runs on four hits while hitting three batters.

The Cardinals added four more in the 4th on a Xavier Scruggs RBI single and a three-run homer by Greg Garcia to bring the Springfield lead to 8-0.

Things fell apart for the Springfield pitching staff as Anthony Ferrara lost control walking three straight before allowing an RBI single to Darwin Perez to make it an 8-1 game. It was the first hit allowed by Ferrara and also ended his outing with the bases loaded and six total walks. Deryk Hooker entered and retired a batter on a pop up before allowing a hit and hitting two straight batters making the score 8-5. An RBI ground out and a two-run double by Casey Haerther made it 8-7 after four and a half innings.

Up only a run in the bottom of the 5th, Oscar Taveras tripled and Jamie Romak homered to give the Cardinals a three run cushion, 10-7.

Up 11-7 in the 8th, Chris Swauger launched a two-run homer, the Cardinals fourth of the night, to make it 13-7.

Michael Blazek, Eric Fornataro and Justin Wright tossed the final four innings without allowing a run or a hit to secure the victory for the Cardinals.

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