Harper went 1 for 5 and struck out four times. He also was thrown out at third base on an ill-advised attempt to advance. He’s 1 for 10 in the series with six strikeouts.
‘‘Do I look overanxious? You think so?’’ Harper said to a reporter. ‘‘Maybe you should be a hitting coach.’’
Lance Lynn, an 18-game winner who would likely replace Garcia in the rotation, struck out five in a three-inning stint marred by the consecutive homers.
St. Louis opened the second with four straight hits, singles by Craig and Yadier Molina that set the table followed by an RBI double from Freese and a run-scoring single from Descalso. After the Cardinals went down in order in the first, seven of their next 11 hitters reached safely.
‘‘They have a great lineup,’’ Zimmermann said. ‘‘You get a few guys out and then you've got Beltran, (David) Freese and it never stops. You have to make your pitches and I wasn’t able to do that tonight.’’
NOTES: Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook, rehabbing from a pulled oblique, will leave the team for a few days to be with his wife, due to deliver the couple’s fourth child. GM John Mozeliak said it’s ‘‘not likely’’ that Westbrook, a 13-game winner, will be able to pitch this fall. ... Beltran has 13 career postseason homers. His last two-homer game in the postseason was Oct. 15, 2006, with the Mets against St. Louis in the NLCS. ... The Cardinals matched the franchise high for runs in a division series game. They also scored 12 in 2002 against Arizona.