Milwaukee (45-47) at St. Louis (59-32)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Mon Jul 18, 2005
  • TV: FSMW
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Even when Matt Morris loses he’s dominant.

Coming off a hard-luck defeat in his last outing, Morris will look to move within two wins of 100 for his career when he takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of their four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Morris, who is 10-2 with a 3.10 ERA, threw just 93 pitches over eight effective innings in a 2-0 loss to San Francisco on July 9. He allowed six hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk for the third straight start.

Morris is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA over his last seven starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each outing. The 30-year-old right-hander said he is pleased with his first half and how he bounced back after offseason shoulder surgery.

“I’m kind of surprised at my record coming off surgery,” Morris said. “I didn’t know what to expect this season, so I’m thankful and grateful for my statistics. I’m looking forward to having a great second half.”

The Cardinals have won four straight games and are 10-3 in July. Chris Carpenter pitched a three-hitter in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Houston that completed a three-game sweep.

Not all the news is good for the Cardinals as catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand on Sunday.

Molina, who’s been unable to play since getting hit by a pitch July 7, still has considerable soreness. The move is retroactive 10 days, which still might not be long enough.

Molina is batting .255 with five home runs and 30 RBIs and has shown one of the better arms in the NL. But manager Tony La Russa doesn’t want to rush Molina back.

“He’s still sore,” La Russa said. “It’s better just to keep him in shape, let him heal and not be tempted to use him in an emergency.”

The Brewers have won five of six, including a 5-3 victory over Washington on Sunday.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run double, and Russell Branyan and Chad Moeller each added RBI singles. Jenkins is batting .439 (17-39) during his current 10-game hitting streak.

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