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Taveras Homers in Cards Debut, Wacha Shuts out Giants 2-0
The much awaited Major League debut of Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras got off to a successful start on Saturday as the Cards shut down the Giants 2-0, behind six shutout innings pitched by Michael Wacha.
Taveras, who got a standing ovation prior to his first at bat at Busch Stadium, flied out to left in the second inning. But in the fifth inning, Taveras got his first Major League hit and it left the ballpark. Taveras then got his first curtain call from the Cardinals fans after he arrived back in the dugout. His home run gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.
Wacha meanwhile, tossed six shutout innings while dealing with two rain delays. He raised his season record to 4-3 with the victory. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 16th save of the season. The win ends a three game home losing streak for the Cardinals.