Scott Rolen capped a three-hit game by lining a bases-loaded
single off Kyle Farnsworth to the warning track in the 10th inning,
giving St. Louis a 1-0 victory Sunday.The Cardinals have won two of three in the four-game series,
both in their final at-bat and both times thanks to wild Cubs
pitching. Mike Matheny drew a bases-loaded walk from LaTroy Hawkins
in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory Friday, one of four walks in
that inning, and Farnsworth walked three in the 10th on Sunday."I'll take that every time, to pitch like that, keep your team
in the game and for us to pull it out at the end," Morris said.
"It's a little more demoralizing to the opponent to win a close
ballgame like that."Farnsworth also took the loss Friday, when he walked Albert
Pujols to start the ninth."I guess he's on one of those streaks where the plate looks
like it's moving," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "There were
some near strikes but maybe he's trying to be too fine, that's
all."Pujols was ejected during the rally after twice confronting
plate umpire Angel Hernandez during his walk in the 10th. Pujols
tossed his bat and headed to first before Farnsworth's curveball
was called a strike, then turned and said something to Hernandez on
his way to first after taking a high pitch for ball four."I don't think he even heard me," Pujols said. "I don't want
to talk about it."Zambrano had a career-best 12 strikeouts for the Cubs, but
reached 122 pitches after seven innings. Morris allowed four hits
in nine scoreless innings for St. Louis."I felt good today and I couldn't do anything about it,"
Zambrano said. "No matter if it's against Roger Clemens, Randy
Johnson or whoever is up there, you have to do your job and give
the team the opportunity to win, and that's it."The Cubs had only two runners in scoring position all day
against Morris and Jason Isringhausen (2-0), who allowed one hit in
a scoreless 10th. Chicago threatened only in the fifth when Derrek
Lee and Alex Gonzalez singled with one out and Lee went to third on
a grounder. But Morris retired Zambrano on an inning-ending
groundout.The Cardinals are 6-10 at home this year. Over the last five
seasons, they're 27-6 at home against the Cubs.St. Louis also is 3-0 in extra innings and 5-1 in one-run games
this year. The last time the Cardinals won 1-0 in extra innings was
July 4, 1992, at San Francisco.Morris struck out four and walked one. He's 10-2 with a 3.18 ERA
in his career against the Cubs.Tony Womack walked on four pitches to start the 10th, then went
to second on a sacrifice by So Taguchi. Pujols and Jim Edmonds
walked on full counts to load the bases, and the outfield was drawn
in when Rolen lined a 2-0 pitch to left.Rolen leads the majors with 28 RBI."When we loaded the bases, I knew it was over," Pujols said.
"Scotty is a great hitter and he's locked in right now."Zambrano, who scattered three hits and walked three, has allowed
one earned run in 21 career innings at Busch Stadium, with 22
strikeouts.Yet he's still waiting for his first victory over the Cardinals.
Zambrano is 0-3 with a 3.32 ERA against St. Louis.Both Morris and Zambrano rebounded from subpar efforts. Morris
gave up five runs in six innings in a loss to the Phillies on
Wednesday, and Zambrano allowed seven runs in 4 1-3 innings at
Arizona on Tuesday.Morris spent a lot of time with pitching coach Dave Duncan
between starts."He really had me focusing on what allows me to get outs -- my
preparation, my execution and things like that," Morris said. "He
really had me lock in on fastballs down in the zone."
Zambrano's previous best for strikeouts was 10,
accomplished twice. The last was Aug. 25, 2002, at Arizona. ...
Edmonds has struck out 29 times in 90 at-bats, including all three
trips against Zambrano. Edmonds was 0-for-3, ending a six-game
hitting streak. ... The Cubs' bullpen has walked nine batters, two
intentionally, in four innings during the series.