Miller pitches 3-hitter, Cardinals beat Blue Jays

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: June 7, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Shelby Miller felt "awkward" as he warmed up before facing the top home run-hitting team in the major leagues.

Then he made the Toronto Blue Jays feel uncomfortable all afternoon.

Miller took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and finished with a three-hit shutout Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over Toronto that snapped the Blue Jays' six-game winning streak.

"Warming up in the bullpen, I didn't feel good at all," Miller said. "It's crazy how the game works. I'm a little speechless still. It was a lot of fun doing that."

Randal Grichuk hit his first career home run for the Cardinals, who won for only the third time in 11 games.

"Hopefully we get the ball rolling," Miller said.

Miller (7-5) struck out five and walked one. He retired the first 13 batters before walking Adam Lind in the fifth.

"He carved us up pretty good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Miller had lost his previous three starts, permitting at least four runs each time. He was in command against Toronto, pitching the second complete game of his career. His other came May 10, 2013, when he gave up a leadoff single to Colorado's Eric Young and then set down 27 batters in a row.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday's performance might have been even better.

"This one, especially with the way their offense has been producing, is the best one I've seen," Matheny said.

Jose Reyes lined a single to right field with two outs in the sixth for Toronto's first hit. Melky Cabrera followed with a ball that nicked first baseman Allen Craig's glove for a double, but Miller struck out Jose Bautista swinging at a high fastball to end the inning.

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