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Phillies' offense muted in sellout at the Vet

8/18/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even though he didn't play, Scott Rolen made
sure to step on the field in honor of a friend.

Rolen sat out the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 victory over
Philadelphia on Sunday with a sore left shoulder, but still made a
brief appearance during the pregame tribute to longtime Phillies
broadcaster Harry Kalas.

"I had to show my respect to Harry,'' Rolen said. "He's a
special man who has been a big part of my life.''

Rolen, traded from the Phillies to St. Louis on July 29, shook
Kalas' hand amid some boos from the crowd of 58,493. He appeared to
be happy that his first trip back to Philadelphia was over.

"A lot of people made a big deal about this weekend, I didn't
think it was that big,'' Rolen said. "Baseball was drowned out a
bit. I'm looking forward to getting back to just baseball in St.
Louis.''

The first sellout crowd of the season at Veterans Stadium did
not get another chance to boo Rolen. Fans did get dual bobblehead
dolls featuring Kalas and fellow Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn.

Edgar Renteria provided the offensive punch for the Cardinals
with his first career grand slam. Matt Morris pitched eight sharp
innings.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals, who finished their road trip
6-1, broke up a scoreless game in the sixth against Vicente Padilla
(12-8).

J.D. Drew led off with a single and Jim Edmonds reached base
when his potential double-play grounder rolled underneath first
baseman Travis Lee's glove for an error.

"We caught a break when an outstanding fielding first baseman
let one get under his glove,'' manager Tony La Russa said.

Albert Pujols delivered an RBI single, and Tino Martinez loaded
the bases with a single. Renteria, who had struck out the previous
two at-bats, hit a drive into the right-field bullpen for his ninth
homer of the season.

"I was just trying to do my job and get a ball to the
outfield,'' said Renteria, who had 3,621 career at-bats before
hitting his first career grand slam.

"It's tough to pull the ball on Padilla, so I was looking to
take it the other way.''

Morris (15-7) scattered eight hits en route to his third
consecutive win. He walked none and struck out six.

"Morris is a tough pitcher who keeps you off-balance and throws
hard,'' Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "It's always tough
to score off of him.''

The Phillies, who scored 12 runs in three wins over Milwaukee to
start the homestand, managed just six against the Cardinals in the
series.

"They completely shut us down,'' manager Larry Bowa said. "All
of our runs were on home runs. We couldn't put anything together.''

Morris allowed four hits in the first two innings, but worked
out of a pair of first-and-second jams. He retired 16 of the next
19 hitters before Bobby Abreu ended the shutout bid in the eighth
with his 13th homer of the season.

"My sinker was working and I was able to get outs quickly after
the first couple of innings,'' Morris said.

Renteria batted with the bases loaded again in the seventh and
flied out to the warning track in left field off reliever Rheal
Cormier.

Padilla, who took an NL-best 1.91 home ERA into the game,
allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.

The Cardinals threatened in the third when they loaded the bases
with one out. Padilla avoided major damage, striking out Edmonds
and getting Pujols to fly out to left, where Pat Burrell made a
nifty sliding catch.

Game notes
Renteria leads all NL shortstops with 61 RBI. ... Morris
hasn't issued a walk in three of his last four starts. ... The
Cardinals have hit five grand slams this season. ... The start of
the game was delayed 34 minutes because of ceremonies for Kalas.