Bobby Abreu homered to lead off the 14th inning as the
Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night
for their third straight victory. The game lasted 5 hours, 13
minutes -- the longest for both teams this season. "You want to feel good after a game like this,'' Abreu said.
"You don't want to lose a game like this.'' Cardinals 15-game winner Matt Morris strained his left hamstring
running the bases and was removed after six innings. Morris ran
full speed to first trying unsuccessfully to beat out an infield
grounder as shortstop Jimmy Rollins fielded the ball up the middle
and threw Morris out by a step. "It's a little sore,'' Morris said. "We'll have to see how it
is tomorrow and hopefully it's something minor.'' Trainer Barry Weinberg said the injury was "at least a moderate
to significant'' strain. "He's definitely going to miss something,'' manager Tony La
Russa said. Abreu, who entered the game 1-for-12 against the Cardinals this
season, went 3-for-6, including an RBI single in the first. He hit
his 15th homer over the wall in left-center on a 2-1 pitch from
rookie Kevin Joseph (0-1), although he said he wasn't going for a
long ball. "I was looking to start a rally and I was working the count a
little bit, and I just wanted to be on base,'' Abreu said. "He
threw me a good pitch to hit and I hit it. I hit it good.'' Joseph agreed with Abreu. "It was out over the plate,'' he said. "It was supposed to be
a sinker down and away.'' Terry Adams (5-8) allowed two hits in three innings for the win. It was only the third loss in 14 games for the Cardinals, who
lead the NL Central by five games over Houston. Jose Mesa blew his ninth save in 43 chances in the 10th when he
threw a bases-loaded wild pitch. Tomas Perez's RBI single with two
outs in the top of the inning -- the first run allowed in August by
Cardinals' closer Jason Isringhausen -- had given the Phillies the
lead. Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth and hadn't allowed a hit or
a walk in 8 1/3 innings before the 10th. Morris faced the Phillies for the second straight time and
struggled the entire game, allowing a season-worst 11 hits. The St.
Louis defense helped out with double plays the first three innings,
and the Phillies stranded eight runners the first six innings. On Sunday, Morris allowed one run in eight innings in a 5-1
victory at Philadelphia. "The last time Morris pitched against us he was lights-out,''
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "Today, his location wasn't as
good.'' Brandon Duckworth, who missed his previous turn in the rotation
after being demoted to the bullpen, lasted only 2 1/3 innings. He
gave up three runs, four hits and three walks. Scott Rolen, facing his old team in his new home for the first
time, was 4-for-5 with a two-run single in the first -- equaling a
career high for hits -- and is 7-for-11 against the Phillies with
four RBI overall. But with the go-ahead run on third in the seventh, he popped up
to shallow center for the third out against Mike Timlin, one of the
players he was traded for. He also got doubled off third on
Renteria's liner to first to end the 10th. Placido Polanco, playing his first game in St. Louis since the
Cardinals traded him to the Phillies in the Rolen deal, went
2-for-6 with an RBI double in the first. Albert Pujols' RBI double gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead in the
third and Mike Lieberthal tied it with a leadoff homer in the
sixth. Lieberthal, who was 3-for-5, has hit eight of his 15 homers
in August and is batting .351 this month.
Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo took a foul liner
by Rolen off his left arm in the seventh, but never left his post.
... Marrero was 3-for-7 after entering the game in a 7-for-54
slump. ... The Phillies have hit 19 homers in the last 13 games.
... The Phillies' Marlon Anderson was ejected after arguing a
called third strike in the eighth after the inning ended. ... Rolen
got a standing ovation after diving to his left at third base to
snare Lee's bid for a hit in the 10th, then throwing from his knees
to second for a force. ... The Cardinals finished with four double
plays, tying their season best.