St. Louis (46-31) at Pittsburgh (31-43)

  • Game info: 12:35 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
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The St. Louis Cardinals have been swept in just one series this season.

Matt Morris will try to help them prevent another sweep when they meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of their three-game set at PNC Park.

St. Louis was swept in a three-game series against Houston from April 12-14, the only time it has happened to them this season. After dropping two straight to the Pirates, the Cardinals will look for another strong start from Morris.

The 29-year-old right-hander, who has won four of his past five decisions, limited the Kansas City Royals to two runs and six hits over eight innings Friday in a 5-2 win.

“We’re excited about what we’re seeing with him,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Morris. “He’s developing more and more weapons. We think he’s real close to being better than ever.”

Morris said he has had more success locating pitches in recent starts.

“I concentrated on being aggressive,” Morris said. “I tried to throw the ball a little harder down and get my mechanics straight. I let the sinker work for itself. If I’m not pinpointing with control, the movement on the sinker usually helps out.”

The Cardinals had won five consecutive games before dropping two straight to the Pirates.

Pittsburgh rookie left-hander Sean Burnett limited the Cardinals to five hits over six innings to pick up his first career win Tuesday, and Tike Redman drove in two runs to lead the Pirates to a 3-0 win.

The win was the Pirates’ fourth straight, matching a season high. Before this streak, they had dropped 21 of 25.

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M. Morris PIT vs. K. Wells LAA
15-10 Record 5-7
4.72 ERA 4.55
131 K 116
56 BB 66
1.29 WHIP 1.53