Tuesday, May 20, 2003

NL: Morris acts fast in blanking Cubs


National League roundup

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Matt Morris threw a four-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals retained a dominating home-field advantage over the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory.

The game lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes, the shortest of the season at Busch Stadium. It was one minute shorter than Morris' previous start, a 4-0 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

"I was just trying to make pitches and get out there and get it over with, almost," Morris said. "It's fun to go out there when you're in sync and able to make pitches and execute and start playing with the mental part."

Of Morris' 117 pitches, 82 were strikes. He threw first-pitch strikes to 23 of 30 batters.

"They had to swing," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "He had everything going."

The Cardinals took three of four in the series, outscoring the Cubs 16-9, and pulled within two games of the NL Central leaders. The Cubs are 2-11 at Busch Stadium the past two years and 4-23 there over the past four seasons.

"We could have won at least two of these games," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "One hit or one play here or there would have made the difference. We're coming back in August and we'll see what happens then."

Albert Pujols hit his 11th homer on a 1-2 pitch from Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth for the Cardinals' second run, and was 5-for-14 in the series with a pair of homers and four RBI. The other run scored on a double play in the third inning.

Brewers 6, Padres 5

MILWAUKEE - Matt Kinney's pitching and Geoff Jenkins' three-run homer helped Milwaukee beat San Diego. The Padres rallied for three runs in the ninth inning on Miguel Ojeda's two-run double and Dave Hansen's RBI single, but Mike DeJean struck out Ramon Vazquez with the bases loaded for his eighth save in 10 chances.




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