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Morris improves to 10-1 as Cardinals remain hot

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PHOENIX -- Matt Morris is pitching like an All-Star, and it doesn't bother him that he didn't get selected to validate his performance.

"I don't think about the All-Star Game and I should be on it, or I shouldn't," Morris said Monday after earning his 10th win. "That's not my concern. I'm beyond that. We've got a bunch of representatives from this team, and they all deserve it."

Scott Rolen hit a two-run double, helping Morris and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3.

John Mabry and pinch-hitters Abraham Nunez and So Taguchi also drove in two runs. Albert Pujols had an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 16 games for the Cardinals, who will send six players to the All-Star Game, more than any team in the majors.

Rolen, David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds will start, and Pujols, 12-game winner Chris Carpenter and closer Jason Isringhausen were picked to round out the National League squad under manager Tony La Russa. Despite a stellar season, Morris (10-1) didn't make it.

"It's not because he wasn't capable," La Russa said. "It's more because six Cardinals is a lot of representation already."

A day after he was left off the NL roster, Morris allowed one run and six hits in seven innings as St. Louis won for the seventh time in 10 games following a three-game losing streak.

"He pitched a little differently -- he threw a lot of breaking balls today," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "But he was getting ahead. You get ahead, you open yourself up, with the repertoire of pitches that he has, to do some things. He was throwing the ball where he wanted to, and they're very aware of strengths and weaknesses.

"They go right after your weaknesses."

Troy Glaus had an RBI single off Morris and a two-run homer -- the 200th of his career -- in the eighth against St. Louis reliever Brad Thompson.

The Cardinals scored five runs -- four earned -- against Brandon Webb (8-5), who won six of his first nine starts but is 2-5 in eight since May 20.

They added four runs in the eighth on bases-loaded doubles by Nunez and Taguchi. All four runs were charged to reliever Greg Aquino, who gave up three hits and two walks while getting just one out.

Mabry, starting in right field to allow Reggie Sanders to rest his sprained right foot, went 4-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles. He hit the first after Larry Walker doubled off the center-field wall in the second inning.

The Cardinals made it 4-0 in the third, taking advantage of two walks. Rolen followed with a two-run double and Mabry had an RBI single.

"I needed it," said Mabry, who has started at third, first and in two outfield spots this season. "You get into a spot where you don't start a whole lot, and the first thing that goes is your confidence. Then your strike zone follows."

Meanwhile, Morris cruised through four innings, retiring nine consecutive batters after Shawn Green, who finished with two doubles and a single, led off the second with a double.

When Arizona threatened in the fifth, Morris again pitched his way out of trouble.

He hit Glaus with a pitch to open the inning, and Jose Cruz Jr. singled. Glaus reached third on a forceout, but Morris struck out Chris Snyder and Webb, stranding two.

Glaus followed a double by Chad Tracy with his run-scoring single in the sixth, and Green was aboard when Glaus homered in the eighth.

"Regardless of what team you're playing, you've got to take advantage of your opportunities," Glaus said. "Today, we just didn't, and that was it."

Notes

  • Glaus' two hits snapped an 0-for-16 skid.
  • Morris is 6-0 in seven road starts this season.
  • Walker is 8-for-17 during a five-game hitting streak since returning from a herniated disc in his neck.
  • Yadier Molina had a sacrifice fly for the Cardinals' final run.
 
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Relying on a good number of breaking balls, Matt Morris yields a run on six hits over seven innings.  (AP)
Relying on a good number of breaking balls, Matt Morris yields a run on six hits over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Mabry
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

S. Rolen
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4110100 .289
Jim Edmonds, CF3000121 .274
   a- So Taguchi, PH-CF1012000 .281
Albert Pujols, 1B4111111 .341
Larry Walker, RF3210101 .266
   b- Hector Luna, PH-RF1000001 .167
Scott Rolen, 3B4322111 .266
John Mabry, LF4142100 .268
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5010014 .285
Yadier Molina, C4111023 .260
Matt Morris, P3000002 .103
   c- Abraham Nunez, PH1112000 .305
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .000
   d- Einar Diaz, PH1000001 .226
    Cal Eldred, P0000000 .000
Totals381013106715 
a-doubled for Edmonds in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Walker in the 8th
c-doubled for Morris in the 8th
d-popped out for Thompson in the 9th
Batting
2B - So Taguchi (8, Lopez), Larry Walker (14, Webb), Scott Rolen (10, Webb), Abraham Nunez (6, Aquino)
SF - Yadier Molina (2)
RBI - So Taguchi 2 (22), Albert Pujols (67), Scott Rolen 2 (24), John Mabry 2 (22), Yadier Molina (30), Abraham Nunez 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (23), Scott Rolen 2 (12), John Mabry (8)
SB - Albert Pujols (8, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Morris (W,10-1) 7611070 3.17
Brad Thompson 1322011 2.66
Cal Eldred 1000010 0.90
HBP - Glaus (by Matt Morris)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 94-63, Brad Thompson 24-17, Cal Eldred 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 8-6, Brad Thompson 1-1, Cal Eldred 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 28, Brad Thompson 6, Cal Eldred 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5000001 .281
Chad Tracy, 1B4110010 .311
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000001 .294
Shawn Green, RF4130000 .286
Troy Glaus, 3B3123011 .256
Jose Cruz Jr., CF4020013 .224
Royce Clayton, SS4000013 .244
Chris Snyder, C3000022 .226
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000000 .300
Brandon Webb, P2000022 .000
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1010000 .216
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000010 .325
Totals363930913 
a-grounded out for Snyder in the 9th
b-singled for Webb in the 7th
c-struck out for Koplove in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (18, Morris), Shawn Green 2 (20, Morris, Thompson)
HR - Troy Glaus (18, Thompson)
RBI - Troy Glaus 3 (51)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus 3 (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Tracy
E - Troy Glaus (16, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (L,8-5) 7854260 3.36
Greg Aquino 0.1344210 12.96
Javier Lopez0100100 11.02
Mike Koplove 1.2111100 4.95
IBB - Pujols by Javier Lopez
WP - Brandon Webb (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 111-75, Greg Aquino 20-10, Javier Lopez 6-2, Mike Koplove 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 13-2, Mike Koplove 2-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 31, Greg Aquino 6, Javier Lopez 2, Mike Koplove 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31197
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Derryl Cousins