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PHI@MIA: Alvarez holds Phils to two runs over seven

The Marlins have a chance to make team history with Henderson Alvarez's start Sunday.

Miami has won each of Alvarez's last nine starts, which matches Chris Hammond's club record set in the club's inaugural season of 1993.

Alvarez and the Marlins will hope to continue that trend and win this weekend's series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

During Alvarez's winning streak, which dates back to May 16, the righty is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA. He has allowed two runs or fewer in eight straight outings.

In Alvarez's last start, a no-decision against the Phillies, he threw seven shutout innings and exited with a 2-0 lead. Miami ended up winning in 11 innings on Ed Lucas' walk-off single.

"That's just how the game goes sometimes," Alvarez said about not getting a victory. "We've been fortunate every time I go out there to get the win. It's just about going out there and playing hard and keeping the clubhouse light and keeping the guys going, and going out there and doing well myself."

Cardinals starter Marco Gonzales has struggled in his two starts since being called up from Double-A, allowing 10 runs in 9 1/3 innings. This will be his first career start at Busch Stadium.

His success will hinge on his ability to command his curveball and his cutter.

"The first time through the lineup, I was able to command all my pitches for strikes and get ahead of hitters," Gonzales after his last start against the Giants. "The second time through, I just started leaving some things up. That's kind of what you look for as a pitcher to be able to throw your whole arsenal for strikes. It wasn't up to my standard, but I'm hoping to learn from that."

Marlins: Century hits club
Giancarlo Stanton reached a midseason milestone with his single in the eighth inning on Friday.

Stanton collected his 100th hit of the season, joining teammate Casey McGehee in reaching the century mark. Stanton added a hit in Miami's win Saturday, while McGehee collected three, including the game-tying RBI single.

The Marlins are one of three MLB teams to have two players with at least 100 hits. The Orioles have Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. Detroit is the other, with Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera.

Cardinals: Garcia reveals nerve issue
The Cardinals placed Jaime Garcia on the disabled list on June 23 for what they believed to be shoulder issues stemming from a left labrum tear in May 2013.

Instead, it was revealed Saturday that his injury is a nerve issue called thoracic outlet syndrome, similar to the one that ended former Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter's career.

Garcia will meet with Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday as a precursor to season-ending surgery.

"Basically what was happening was I was just not in control," Garcia said. "I could not feel my hand and I would just lose the feeling. ... Then I started getting tingling in my neck and shooting in my hand every single throw that I was making. That's what got me a little more concerned about it."

Reporters learned of Garcia's surgery consideration before management, which frustrated Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

"To go from DL to this, it's been rather quick," Mozeliak said. "In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn't excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more."

Worth noting
• McGehee's RBI single to center in the first inning on Saturday extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. McGehee has hit safely in 19 straight road games, and he has reached base safely in 28 games in a row.

• Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday. He has not played in the Majors since June 20 while battling a strained left shoulder. Comments