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
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,"
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
"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.
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
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.
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.