Saturday, August 24, 2002

Phillies 5, Cardinals 4, 14 innings

The Associated Press

        ST. LOUIS — The longest game for both the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals was decided by one quick swing. Bobby Abreu homered to lead off the 14th inning as the Phillies won 5-4 for their third straight victory Friday night.

        Abreu, who entered the game 1-for-12 against the Cardinals this season, went 3-for-6 with an RBI single in the first. He hit his 15th homer over the wall in left-center on a 2-1 pitch from rookie Kevin Joseph (0-1), although he said he wasn't going for a long ball.

        “I was looking to start a rally and I was working the count a little bit, and I just wanted to be on base,” Abreu said. “He threw me a good pitch to hit and I hit it. I hit it good.”

        Terry Adams (5-8) allowed two hits in three innings for the win.

        It was only the third loss in 14 games for the Cardinals, who lead the NL Central by five games over the Astros. The marathon lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes — the longest game for both teams this season.

        Cardinals starter Matt Morris strained his left hamstring running the bases and was removed after six innings. Morris, a 15-game winner, ran full speed to first trying unsuccessfully to beat out an infield grounder as shortstop Jimmy Rollins fielded the ball up the middle and threw Morris out by a step.

        “I just tweaked my hammy,” Morris said. “We'll have to see how it is tomorrow and hopefully it's something minor.”

        Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was concerned more about Morris' condition than the setback.

        “It's a real tough loss,” La Russa said. “But everything is overshadowed by Matt's condition.”

        Jose Mesa blew his ninth save in 43 chances in the 10th when he threw a bases-loaded wild pitch. Tomas Perez's RBI single with two outs in the top of the inning — the first run allowed in August by Cardinals' closer Jason Isringhausen — had given the Phillies the lead.

        Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth and hadn't allowed a hit or a walk in 8 1-3 innings before the 10th.

        Morris faced the Phillies for the second straight time and struggled the entire game, allowing a season-worst 11 hits. The St. Louis defense helped out with double plays the first three innings, and the Phillies stranded eight runners the first six innings.

        Brandon Duckworth, who missed his previous turn in the rotation after being demoted to the bullpen, lasted only 2 1-3 innings. He gave up three runs, four hits and three walks.

        “He's going to stay in the rotation, he's just fighting himself,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “He's just tentative right now, he's not real aggressive, and we've got to get him back to being aggressive.”

        Scott Rolen, facing his old team in his new home for the first time, was 4-for-5 with a two-run single in the first — equaling a career hit for hits — and is 7-for-11 against the Phillies with four RBIs overall.

        But with the go-ahead run on third in the seventh, he popped up to shallow center for the third out against Mike Timlin, one of the players he was traded for. He also got doubled off third on Renteria's liner to first to end the 10th.

        Placido Polanco, playing his first game in St. Louis since the Cardinals traded him to the Phillies in the Rolen deal, went 2-for-6 with an RBI double in the first.

        Albert Pujols' RBI double gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead in the third and Mike Lieberthal tied it with a leadoff homer in the sixth. Lieberthal, who was 3-for-5, has hit eight of his 15 homers in August and is batting .351 this month.
        Notes: Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo took a foul liner by Rolen off his left arm in the seventh, but never left his post. ... Marrero was 3-for-7 after entering the game in a 7-for-54 slump. ... The Phillies have hit 19 homers in the last 13 games. ... The Phillies' Marlon Anderson was ejected after arguing a called third strike in the eighth after the inning ended. ... Rolen got a standing ovation after diving to his left at third base to snare Lee's bid for a hit in the 10th, then throwing from his knees to second for a force. ... The Cardinals finished with four double plays, tying their season best.


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