Morris wins for first time in five starts

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Morris is starting to feel like his old
self on the mound for the first time since the death of good friend
Darryl Kile.

He allowed one run in eight innings as the St. Louis Cardinals
defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

Morris (11-6) won for the first time in five starts. He struck
out eight and walked one while holding the Giants to just one run.

"I erased all my stats from the first half,'' said Morris,
whose locker was next to Kile's. "I take it day by day, game by
game. I feel good physically. Taking off those three days helped my

Morris was 0-2 since his last win, June 19 against Anaheim --
three days before Kile died in his sleep in a Chicago hotel room.

Last Saturday, Morris pitched seven strong innings but got no
decision at San Diego where he allowed one run on four hits.

Morris said he knows what the difference is.

"It's confidence,'' Morris said. "I stopped worrying about
what I'm doing on the mound as far as mechanics and went to
throwing the baseball. I've been gifted with the talents to throw
the baseball and I'd been thinking too much out there. I think that
works for me.

"I get in a groove and then three or four innings later, I'm
able to make better pitches and I get sharper. It carries me into
the seventh and eighth inning.''

Mike DiFelice hit a two-run single as the Cardinals broke a
1-all tie with a three-run sixth inning against Jason Schmidt

With two men on and two outs, J.D. Drew doubled in Jim Edmonds,
who had walked.

Schmidt intentionally walked Edgar Renteria to load the bases.
DiFelice then singled home Tino Martinez and Drew, giving the
Cardinals a 4-1 lead.

"It was a pretty good pitch,'' Schmidt said. "He was looking
for it and he hit it. It was one of those times he got me.''

The Cardinals added a run in the eighth when Renteria singled
off the hand of reliever Felix Rodriguez before scoring when second
baseman Jeff Kent misplayed pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson's grounder.
It was Kent's second error in two games.

The Cardinals have won five of six and 10 of 14. The Giants have
lost just three of their past 10 games.

San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when David
Bell doubled home Reggie Sanders. The Cardinals countered in the
bottom of that inning when Renteria doubled home Martinez.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth.

Renteria is 9-for-10 in the two-game series against the Giants
and is 13-for-21 in his last five games.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was ejected by plate umpire Joe
West in the bottom of the second, with the game tied at 1.

After being called out on strikes by West, DiFelice spoke to
West as he headed back into the dugout. Pitcher Matt Morris, the
next batter, also talked with West, who took off his mask to
address Morris.

La Russa then ran from the dugout and began arguing with West,
who ejected him.

"I was just trying to protect my player,'' said La Russa, who
watched the game from the television set in his office.

Morris said he had nothing in particular to say to West.

Game notes
Barry Bonds sat out the day game for the Giants. ... Baker
is one victory shy of 800 with the Giants. ... The Cardinals only
spent 42 hours in St. Louis on this two-game homestand. ... The
start of the game was delayed 51 minutes by rain. There was an
additional 45-minute delay in the third inning.