Morris, who has reached double digits in wins in each of the last five seasons, has won 11 of his first 13 decisions overall, including Monday’s 11-4 victory over Milwaukee. The veteran right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one.
“Luckily we scored some runs and I was able to make it through five innings and let the bullpen take over,” Morris said. “I was happy to get through it. It was 80 pitches and it felt like 120.”
Morris, who has been largely overshadowed this season by teammate and 14-game winner Chris Carpenter, has yielded two runs or fewer in each of his last four starts, going 3-1 during that stretch.
Carpenter gave up one run and eight hits over nine brilliant innings in Friday’s series opener, but did not become the NL’s first 15-game winner as St. Louis needed 11 innings to pull out a 2-1 victory.
All-Star shortstop David Eckstein’s second game-winning squeeze bunt of the season gave the Cardinals their seventh victory in nine games, and second in three meetings with the rival Cubs this season.
Jerry Hairston tied his career high with four hits for the Cubs, including a triple with one out in the 10th. But he was stranded when Jason Isringhausen retired Aramis Ramirez on a bases-loaded grounder to end the inning.
The Cubs, who were hoping to use this series to build momentum for a run at the NL wild card, have lost three straight.