Hamstring no longer a concern for Morris

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Matt Morris started the game with a lot of
questions. He ended up with all the right answers.

Morris, activated from the disabled list before the game,
allowed one run in five innings Tuesday night as the St. Louis
Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3.

"You don't want to lose your stuff,'' he said. "My arm and
shoulder, elbow, knock on wood, were fine.''

Morris (16-7), who went on the disabled list Aug. 24 after
straining his left hamstring the previous day against Philadelphia,
allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. He threw 74
pitches, 44 for strikes.

Milwaukee's only run off him came on Jim Rushford's RBI single
in the second.

"It was just getting over that lead lag,'' he said after the
Cardinals went ahead for good, scoring four times in the fourth as
Eduardo Perez hit a three-run homer.

"Beside that, being sharp and just trying to make pitches, on
top of everything,'' he said. "I was happy with the way it went.''

Scott Rolen had a solo shot for the Cardinals, who have won
seven straight for the first time since a nine-game streak from
Sept. 8-22 last year.

The Cardinals' offensive power is not unexpected when Morris
pitches. St. Louis came in averaging 4.8 runs in his previous 28

"Defensively we're solid and with the lineup we have, I
wouldn't want to face us,'' he said.

St. Louis maintained a 5-game lead over second-place Houston in
the NL Central.

While the Cardinals had four hits in the fourth and scored four
runs, the Brewers had four consecutive hits off Morris in the
second and scored just once.

Brewers manager Jerry Royster said it just typical of how his
team can't manufacture any runs.

"It's not frustrating in September,'' he said. "We've seen it
in April, May, June, July and every other month.''

The Brewers' 51-94 record is the worst in the National League.

Milwaukee went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, making
them 3-for-32 in their last three games.

Wayne Franklin (0-1), making his first major league start,
allowed six runs -- five earned -- and six hits in five-plus innings.
He looked sharp in the first three innings when he retired nine of
the first 10 batters. But, it didn't last.

"A couple of base hits, a home run,'' Royster said. "That's
the way it goes. That's why they are in first place.''

After Perez's 10th homer, St. Louis added a run later in the
inning when Edgar Renteria stole second, took third when catcher
Robert Machado's throw went wide and high into center field and
came around when Jeffrey Hammonds' throw went past third for
another error.

Mike Matheny hit a two-run single off Nelson Figueroa in the
sixth for a 6-2 lead.

Milwaukee trimmed the deficit to just three runs on shortstop
Renteria's throwing error in the sixth.

Hammonds doubled off Rick White. Two outs later, he scored when
shortstop Renteria fielded Jose Hernandez's broken-bat roller and
threw wide to first. That run ended a 34 2/3 inning scoreless
streak for the St. Louis bullpen.

Keith Ginter had an RBI double off Luther Hackman in the
seventh. Miguel Cairo's squeeze bunt scored So Taguchi in the
eighth and Rolen homered off Jose Cabrera in the ninth.

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while playing
for the second time in four days as he plays through the lingering
affects of muscle spasms in his left shoulder and side.

Game notes
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the former auxiliary bishop of
St. Louis, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... After Monday
night's game, official scorer Tim O'Driscoll changed an
eighth-inning throwing error on St. Louis 2B Fernando Vina to a hit
for PH Lenny Harris. ... Franklin and Ginter were acquired from
Houston for Mark Loretta on Aug. 31. Franklin was 13-9 in 27 starts
and two relief appearances at Triple-A New Orleans.