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Cardinals' Pujols helps Morris earn 11th victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris won his 11th game without his best stuff. The St. Louis Cardinals' offense pulled him through.

Albert Pujols homered, singled, doubled and scored four times, pacing a 14-hit attack in an 11-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

"Luckily we scored some runs and I was able to make it through five innings and let the bullpen take over," Morris said. "I was happy to get through it. It was 80 pitches and it felt like 120."

Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and three RBI and Abraham Nunez had two hits and three RBI for the Cardinals, who are an NL-best 60-32 and have won 10 of 12. They are 6-1 against the Brewers and 30-9 against the NL Central.

"I don't make anything of it until the season is in the book," manager Tony La Russa said. "The Milwaukee club, they've got a lot of live talent out there and they just came off beating Washington and Atlanta."

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee, which had won five of its previous six games. Carlos Lee singled twice and doubled his first three at-bats after entering 0-for-23 against St. Louis this season, and Rickie Weeks hit an upper-deck solo homer to left in the ninth, a drive off Cal Eldred estimated at 460 feet.

But Milwaukee committed two early errors, both by Weeks, that led to two unearned runs that helped the Cardinals pull away.

"I've got to learn to slow down and let the game come to me," Weeks said.

Pujols walked and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third, hit his 24th homer with a man on in the fourth and doubled in the sixth before fouling out in the seventh. He is batting .464 (13-for-28) against Milwaukee this year with three homers and nine RBI.

"Albert's having an Albert year," La Russa said. "He's just such a tough out."

Morris (11-2) scattered eight hits over five innings, allowing two runs. He labored through most of the outing, then finished by striking out Jenkins and Bill Hall with two on in the fifth.

Morris is 11-4 against the Brewers, although this was his first victory against them since 2003.

The middle of the Cardinals lineup -- Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Larry Walker -- was 4-for-4 against Victor Santos (2-10) with two walks and two RBI while scoring five runs.

Santos, 0-6 in eight starts since beating Colorado on May 24, gave up six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in three innings, his shortest outing this year. In his last four starts, none of them longer than five innings, Santos has allowed 16 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.

"He's just not getting the ball down," manager Ned Yost said. "When he got hurt, he got the ball up. We should have made some plays for him that we didn't make but he was behind on the big hitters."

Nunez, starting at third with Scott Rolen resting after undergoing tests earlier in the day, had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the sixth. Grudzielanek's RBI single in the third made him 11-for-21 against Santos, and he added run-scoring singles in the fourth and sixth.

Walker had an RBI double in the first and an RBI single in the third, leaving him one shy of 1,300 career RBI.

Notes

  • The Cardinals have scored 135 of their 469 runs in the first and second innings.
  • Pujols is 6-for-12 against Santos.
  • Walker, lifted for a pinch runner in the fourth with the Cardinals leading 8-2, is 10-for-23 during a seven-game hitting streak.
  • Jenkins is batting .429 (18-for-42) during his 11-game hitting streak.
  • Cardinals starters lead the majors, by far, with 53 victories.
 
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The Cardinals offense allows Matt Morris to improve to 11-2 behind just five innings of work.  (AP)
The Cardinals offense allows Matt Morris to improve to 11-2 behind just five innings of work. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Nunez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5000003 .312
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111010 .266
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010000 .274
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Moeller, PH1000000 .220
Carlos Lee, LF3130000 .267
    Wes Helms, 1B2100000 .289
Geoff Jenkins, RF3112123 .271
Bill Hall, 3B3000113 .272
Damian Miller, C4010012 .270
J.J. Hardy, SS4031000 .205
Victor Santos, P0000000 .033
   b- Trent Durrington, PH0000000 .400
    Wes Obermueller, P1000010 .182
    Russell Branyan, LF1000012 .260
Totals3641042713 
a-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Santos in the 4th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (23, Morris)
HR - Rickie Weeks (6, Eldred), Geoff Jenkins (11, Morris)
SH - Victor Santos (2), Trent Durrington (2)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (16), Geoff Jenkins 2 (39), J.J. Hardy (21)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (11)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Rickie Weeks 2 (8, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Victor Santos (L,2-10) 3765210 3.82
Wes Obermueller 3754111 4.62
Jorge De La Rosa 2000020 4.97
IBB - Edmonds by Wes Obermueller
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 65-38, Wes Obermueller 50-38, Jorge De La Rosa 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 4-4, Wes Obermueller 5-4, Jorge De La Rosa 1-3
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 18, Wes Obermueller 18, Jorge De La Rosa 6
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5000001 .275
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Cal Eldred, P0000000 .000
John Rodriguez, LF5110010 .200
Albert Pujols, 1B4432100 .339
Jim Edmonds, CF2420200 .272
    John Mabry, RF1000010 .265
Larry Walker, RF3122000 .280
    So Taguchi, PR-RF^CF2000000 .272
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5133001 .287
Abraham Nunez, 3B4023002 .298
Mike Mahoney, C4000005 .091
Matt Morris, P3010021 .118
    Brad Thompson, P1000002 .000
    Hector Luna, SS0000000 .200
Totals391114103412 
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (22, Obermueller), Larry Walker (16, Santos), Abraham Nunez (7, Santos)
HR - Albert Pujols (24, Obermueller)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (73), Larry Walker 2 (40), Mark Grudzielanek 3 (33), Abraham Nunez 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Larry Walker (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Pujols
E - Hector Luna (1, Misplayed grounder), Abraham Nunez (3, Wild throw)
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Morris (W,11-2) 5822131 3.12
Brad Thompson 2000010 2.42
Randy Flores 1110130 3.46
Cal Eldred 1111001 1.54
IBB - Jenkins by Matt Morris
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 84-59, Brad Thompson 27-17, Randy Flores 30-16, Cal Eldred 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 10-2, Brad Thompson 3-2, Randy Flores 1-0, Cal Eldred 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 24, Brad Thompson 6, Randy Flores 6, Cal Eldred 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41827
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Ed Montague