Los Angeles (78-57) at St. Louis (91-44)

Fair Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 94° F
  • Game info: 2:15 pm EDT Sun Sep 5, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, KPLR
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Even when they’re not hitting, the St. Louis Cardinals find a way to win.

The NL Central leaders will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high nine games when they conclude a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis managed just two hits Saturday, tying its season low, but it was enough for a 5-1 win over the NL West leading-Dodgers.

Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer, and Scott Rolen increased his NL-leading RBI total to 117 with a run-scoring single. The Cardinals also scored two runs on a dropped flyball.

After Edmonds became the 103rd player in history with 300 homers, he received a congratulatory phone call from former teammate Mark McGwire, reminding him he is still pretty far from Big Mac’s 583.

“I can’t remember the number he said, but I’ve got a long way to go,” Edmonds said. “And I don’t think I’m going to make it.”

Edmonds has homered in five of his last seven games, hitting a total of seven in that span. He said he was humbled when he reached the 300 mark.

“I never thought I would ever be in this situation,” Edmonds said. “I never thought I would have 50 homers or 100 homers, let alone 300.”

Jason Marquis won his 11th straight decision Saturday, and St. Louis tied its longest winning streak of the season with its eighth straight victory. The Cardinals have won 13 of 15 and lead the second-place Chicago Cubs by a season-high 17 games in the Central.

They’ll look for Woody Williams to help them extend their streak.

Williams, who has won seven of his last eight decisions, allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings Tuesday in a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Cardinals.

Despite the win, Williams felt he could have pitched better.

“I was aggressive. I threw a lot of pitches that were just high enough,” Williams said. “If they were a little bit lower, who knows what would have happened? I wasn’t as good as the game showed.”

The Dodgers had won three of four before dropping two straight to the Cardinals. As they try to avoid a sweep, they’ll turn to Jeff Weaver.

Weaver will be trying to win his seventh consecutive start. In his past eight outings, the 28-year-old right-hander is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA.

Weaver allowed one run and five hits over eight innings Tuesday, but did not get a decision in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also matched his season high with nine strikeouts.

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13-13 Record 11-8
4.01 ERA 4.18
153 K 131
67 BB 58
1.30 WHIP 1.32