Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morris Gets Win No. 10 as Cards Top Padres

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morris Gets Win No. 10 as Cards Top Padres

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The last time Matt Morris faced the San Diego Padres here in July, a seeming win for Morris got away when Dmitri Young's glove broke at first base and a catchable ball sailed through the webbing.

But Young, making his first start in more than two weeks Friday night at Busch Stadium, was helpful this time to Morris instead of harmful.

Making his second start in left field (he had no chances in six innings), Young singled in his first two at-bats and was driven in both times by Royce Clayton. Ray Lankford cracked his 28th home run, and Morris, with the Cardinals' infield starting four double plays, pitched around most of the 10 singles he allowed in a 4-2 Cardinals victory. "He wasn't as sharp. He got into trouble and he had to collect himself," said manager Tony La Russa. "To get to double figures (in wins) in this league as a rookie is a tremendous accomplishment." Morris, who should pass the 200-inning mark in his next start, reached the 10-win plateau, at 10-8, in his first season after enduring three straight no-decisions. He worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one run, before lefthander Tony Fossas, who has permitted a remarkably low five of 55 inherited runners to score, bailed him out. Fossas retired pinch-hitter Ken Caminiti, who was out of the starting lineup because of a hamstring injury, on a towering fly to left field, where defensive replacement Scarborough Green displayed a little white in his glove before latching onto it for sure. Fossas is 1-6, but La Russa thinks his low percentage of inherited runners to score merits more attention. "That's your major responsibility, so he's having a hell of a year," said La Russa. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well," said Fossas. "The only thing I'm not happy about was that part in August when I walked those four guys (who all scored). Besides that, I'm not dissatisfied at all with the way I've thrown." Righthander Curtis King was touched for a run in the eighth on Derrek Lee's double and a bloop single by Greg Vaughn. …

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