SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Matt Morris has put up some pretty incredible
numbers recently. And he's totally unimpressed with them.
Morris pitched seven shutout innings to join Arizona's Curt
Schilling as the only 19-game winners in the majors, and rookie
Albert Pujols hit his 33rd homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat
San Diego 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Morris (19-7) followed rookie Bud Smith's no-hitter by allowing
six hits, striking out five and walking none to win his seventh
straight start. He also beat the Padres in his previous start, 13-3
at St. Louis on Thursday.
Morris previous highest win total was 12 as a rookie in 1997. He
missed all of 1999 after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It's just another win now," Morris said. "I'm looking to win
the rest of our ballgames. We're in a race here. It's not about 20
wins and shutting it down or anything like that."
The Cardinals won for the fifth time in seven games and are
third in the NL Central, six games behind Houston. They're tied for
third with Los Angeles in the wild card race, two games behind
"It makes me concentrate a little bit more when it comes to the
last month of the season and you're in a race," Morris said. "It
makes it that much more exciting to pitch and obviously to do
Morris allowed two hits each in the second, third and fourth
innings, then retired the last 11 batters he faced.
"We just couldn't string hits together and couldn't really
start a rally," San Diego's Mark Kotsay said.
"Morris is having a tremendous year," Padres manager Bruce
Bochy said. "We didn't expect to score a lot of runs."
The Padres have scored only two runs in 31 innings dating to
Sunday, when they beat Arizona 1-0 in 13 innings.
"I think it's more a case where we've run into real good
pitching," Bochy said.
Jim Edmonds also connected for the Cardinals, who won for the
fifth time in seven games.
Padres starter Junior Herndon (2-4) allowed three runs -- one
earned -- and four hits in four innings.
Pujols, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, hit a
two-run homer to right-center on the first pitch he saw from rookie
Brett Jodie with two outs in the seventh inning. Edmonds followed
with a shot to left on a 2-1 count, his 24th.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the second on three walks, a
hit and an error by third baseman Dave Magadan. The first five
Cardinals reached base, including Morris, who drew a bases-loaded
walk to make it 2-0.
Schilling also got his 19th win against the Padres, 4-1 in
the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. ... Padres LF Rickey
Henderson was scratched with the flu. ... St. Louis' Woody Williams
(11-9) will start against his former teammates in the series finale
Wednesday. Williams will be making his seventh start since the
Padres traded him to the Cardinals on Aug. 2 for OF Ray Lankford.
... The Hall of Fame has asked the Cardinals for the cap that Smith
wore during his no-hitter, plus a game ball and a ticket stub. The
hall also asked that the items be autographed.... The Cardinals
recalled rookie OF Bill Ortega from Triple-A Memphis. He batted
.287 with six homers and 62 RBIs in 133 games at Memphis. ... The
Padres added Herndon, Jodie, C Wilkins and RHP Jason Middlebrook to
their roster from Triple-A Portland, and activated INF Alex Arias
and SS Donaldo Mendez from the 15-day DL. ... Kline made his 78th
appearance, setting a Cardinals team record. Mike Perez set the old
mark in 1992. ... Arias was hit on the left knee in the eighth and
left the game.