Series: Game 2 of 3

St. Louis leads 2-0 (as of 9/4)

Game 1: Monday, September 3
St. Louis 4Final
San Diego 0
Game 2: Tuesday, September 4
St. Louis 6Final
San Diego 1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 5
St. Louis 2Final
San Diego 0

Cardinals 6

(75-63, 30-38 away)

Padres 1

(69-70, 32-39 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 4, 2001

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

    R H E
    STL - -
    SD - -

    W: M. Morris (19-7)

    L: J. Herndon (2-4)

    Morris joins Schilling in 19-win club

    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 Chicago.

    "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 well."

    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.

    Reliever Steve Kline started the eighth and allowed an RBI single by former Cardinal Ray Lankford with two outs.

    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.

    Game notes
    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.

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