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Braves rookie Garcia hits first homer to beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS It took a lot of work for Adonis Garcia just to make it to the major leagues. A series of circumstances had him batting cleanup for the Braves against the Cardinals on Saturday. It seemed unlikely he'd have much influence on the game's outcome when he led off the sixth inning. He had just six big-league at-bats to his credit and Cardinals All-Star Michael Wacha was on the mound. But then Wacha threw Garcia the pitch he was expecting, a fastball away. Garcia smacked it into the bullpen beyond the wall in right-center field and quieted the sellout crowd at Busch Stadium that couldn't have expected that. The Braves went on to win 1-0 behind their 30-year old...

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