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Cards' Morris pounded by Pirates in season's first loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- At last, the Pittsburgh Pirates got to shake hands after a game with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matt Morris lost for the first time since Game 2 of the World Series, getting knocked out in the fourth inning as the Pirates beat St. Louis 11-7 Thursday night to end their 12-game losing streak against the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said he wasn't aware of the streak, nor was he concerned about stopping it.

"Guys, I'll tell you and I'm serious, I didn't know it was 12 games until somebody brought it up," McClendon said. "This is the life we live. You have to have the mentality that when it's over, it's over. You get ready for the next one.

"The only thing I was concerned about was tonight."

Dave Williams (6-5), backed by a 5-1 lead in the third, allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in six innings. He had been 0-2 against St. Louis this season.

"They've been kicking us around you know," Williams said. "To come into their place and playing the team leading the division, you want to make up some ground. It definitely feels good."

Tike Redman and Jose Castillo each had three hits for the Pirates, who had not beaten the Cardinals since last Aug. 19.

"Every game is a big win for us," Redman said. "Every day, we have to take it day by day. We got to play them three more times. We won this one but we've got to play them again tomorrow."

Pittsburgh, which had lost eight of its previous 10 games overall, took an 11-2 lead before the Cardinals closed.

Rick White relieved with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Albert Pujols before retiring Reggie Sanders on a game-ending flyout for his second save in three chances.

"It was just one of those days where the other team beat us to the punch all night long," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Better pitching, better hitting, better fielding, they just outplayed us."

St. Louis, which has lost three straight for the second time this season, made three errors, its highest total since a five-error game May 22 in a 9-2 loss to Kansas City.

Morris (8-1), unbeaten in 12 previous starts this season, was chased after two batters in the fourth inning, his shortest outing since he got six outs at San Diego on Sept. 8. He allowed six runs -- just three earned -- and seven hits.

I threw a lot of pitches in three innings, 87 pitches," Morris said. "It's not a good day to do that; it's never a good day to do that. I was falling behind, not executing pitches and I put us in a big hole. I made some mistakes when I got ahead and I didn't finish them off."

Morris had won five consecutive decisions against the Pirates since June 2, 2002. He followed poor outings by Jason Marquis and Mark Mulder. In the three games, the trio combined to give up 23 runs (16 earned) and 26 hits in 9 1/3 innings.

"I think more than anything it was just an off night for Matt," McClendon said. "You don't see that very often from him. I think we caught a break. He just didn't have his best stuff."

Pujols' 19th homer put St. Louis ahead in the first, but Williams hit an RBI grounder in the second and the Pirates scored four runs in the third.

Daryle Ward had a go-ahead single off the right-field wall, Humberto Cota hit a sacrifice fly and Jack Wilson's line drive to left grazed of the glove of a leaping Sanders for a two-base error.

Cota added an RBI single in the fourth off Cal Eldred for a 6-1 lead.

Yadier Molina had a run-scoring double in the fifth, but the Pirates made it 11-2 in the sixth against Randy Flores. Rob Mackowiak hit a liner that Flores knocked down and threw to the backstop for a two-run error. Ward and Cota hit sacrifice flies, and Castillo hit a solo homer.

Notes

  • Plate umpire Rick Reed left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning after he was struck in the head by a foul ball. Reed complained of dizziness and headaches and was sent to a hospital for observation. The game was delayed for 10 minutes while Ted Barrett, who was at second base, put on gear and moved behind the plate.
 
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Daryle Ward and Jose Castillo score during a four-run third inning for the Pirates.  (AP)
Daryle Ward and Jose Castillo score during a four-run third inning for the Pirates. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Castillo
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF5200113 .268
Tike Redman, CF4230100 .291
Jason Bay, LF4220013 .306
Rob Mackowiak, 3B5100035 .308
Daryle Ward, 1B2212200 .284
Humberto Cota, C3013001 .246
Jose Castillo, 2B5231000 .274
Jack Wilson, SS5010000 .233
David Williams, P4001021 .087
    Salomon Torres, P1010000 .500
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
Totals38111274713 
Batting
HR - Jose Castillo (4, Flores)
SF - Daryle Ward (5), Humberto Cota 2 (2)
RBI - Daryle Ward 2 (45), Humberto Cota 3 (21), Jose Castillo (22), David Williams (3)
2-OUT RBI - Humberto Cota (8), Jose Castillo (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tike Redman 1
E - Tike Redman (4, )
Pittsburgh Pirates
David Williams (W,6-5) 6643151 3.77
Salomon Torres 2.1333200 3.27
Rick White (S,2) 0.2000000 2.50
HBP - Grudzielanek (by Salomon Torres)
Pitches-Strikes - David Williams 89-58, Salomon Torres 49-29, Rick White 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Williams 2-11, Salomon Torres 4-3
Batters Faced - David Williams 25, Salomon Torres 13, Rick White 2
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4110112 .292
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B3000101 .298
Albert Pujols, 1B4112002 .331
Reggie Sanders, LF5000013 .281
Scott Rolen, 3B4110001 .242
Jim Edmonds, CF3220100 .290
So Taguchi, RF4021011 .273
Yadier Molina, C3011002 .259
   a- Abraham Nunez, PH1101000 .307
Matt Morris, P1000010 .083
    Cal Eldred, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Seabol, PH1000011 .254
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   c- John Mabry, PH1000001 .260
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   d- Einar Diaz, PH1111000 .239
Totals357963514 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Molina in the 9th
b-struck out for Eldred in the 5th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Flores in the 7th
d-doubled for Tavarez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (8, D. Williams), Jim Edmonds (18, Torres), Yadier Molina (10, D. Williams), Einar Diaz (2, Torres)
HR - Albert Pujols (19, D. Williams)
SF - Albert Pujols (2)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (61), So Taguchi (15), Yadier Molina (22), Abraham Nunez (19), Einar Diaz (8)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (20), Yadier Molina (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reggie Sanders 1
E - Randy Flores (1, Wild throw), Albert Pujols (5, Wild throw), Reggie Sanders (2, Misplayed fly ball)
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Morris (L,8-1) 3763130 3.38
Cal Eldred 2100120 1.29
Randy Flores 2351211 3.60
Jason Isringhausen 1000000 1.85
Julian Tavarez 1100010 2.60
HBP - Bay (by Matt Morris)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 87-53, Cal Eldred 25-14, Randy Flores 43-24, Jason Isringhausen 9-5, Julian Tavarez 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 5-3, Cal Eldred 2-1, Randy Flores 4-2, Jason Isringhausen 3-0, Julian Tavarez 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 20, Cal Eldred 7, Randy Flores 12, Jason Isringhausen 3, Julian Tavarez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43590
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez