St. Louis (84-44) at Pittsburgh (60-67)

Cloudy Currently: Pittsburgh, PA
Temp: 33° F
  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat Aug 28, 2004
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Jim Edmonds felt the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense needed a jolt. He provided one.

Edmonds will try to deliver a similar effort when the Cardinals meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of their series at PNC Park.

Edmonds hit a pair of two-run homers and matched a career high with five RBIs Friday to lead St. Louis to an 8-5 win in the series opener.

“I just got lucky, just hit the ball on the barrel,” Edmonds said. “It’s nice to get a win. We’ve been flat and needed to pick up the momentum.”

The Cardinals, who have a 13-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, had dropped two of their previous three to the Cincinnati Reds.

“I don’t care what the record is in the standings. We have something going, and we have to work hard to keep the edge on our side,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “It was a nice bounce-back win.”

Matt Morris will now try to give the Cardinals another win. The 30-year-old right-hander has won six of his previous eight decisions. He allowed two runs and 10 hits over seven innings Sunday in an 11-4 win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium.

“I hit some bumps early in this game, but I was able to stay focused and get outs,” Morris said. “Like we’ve been saying all along, this offense is unbelievable.

“You stay in there long enough, they’re going to do some damage.”

Craig Wilson hit his 25th homer of the season Friday for the Pirates, who dropped four of five to the Cardinals last week at Busch.

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M. Morris Pit vs. N. Figueroa Tor
15-10 Record 0-3
4.72 ERA 5.72
131 K 10
56 BB 11
1.29 WHIP 1.52