Cubs 4, Cardinals 2, 15 innings, 1st game; Cardinals 2, Cubs 0, 2nd game

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CHICAGO (AP)—Matt Morris kept his cool. The Chicago Cubs didn’t.

Morris outpitched Kerry Wood and Jim Edmonds homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 victory in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.

The Cubs captured the opener 4-2 on Sammy Sosa’s two-run homer in the 15th inning.

“It’s huge, 15 innings and losing the opener on a walkoff homer,” Morris said. “Sitting around and thinking about it, I had to go out there and do my job and it worked out.”

Morris (9-4) allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings. He got his first win since June 25 and ran his career record against the Cubs to 10-2, including 3-0 this season.

The second game turned ugly in the eighth inning.

Cubs reliever Antonio Alfonseca and outfielder Moises Alou, upset that Alou’s bases-loaded liner was ruled foul in the seventh, confronted third-base umpire Justin Klemm and were ejected.

Crew chief Mike Reilly said after the game that Alonseca bumped Klemm. Alfonseca and Alou weren’t available for comment.

“His intent was to make contact with the umpire, and he did,” Reilly said. “It wasn’t a push. It wasn’t a bump. It was body going against the umpire’s body and it was a violent act by himself.”

Edmonds, who also homered in the opener, led off the second with his 36th of the season. He left in the eighth with a bruised right knee.

The Cardinals added a run in the seventh when Cubs third baseman Ramon Martinez made a double error on Morris’ easy bouncer, missing the grounder and then picking up the ball and throwing it past third as Tino Martinez scored.

Wood (11-11) gave up just four hits and two runs in seven innings.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the seventh on a walk, a single by Kenny Lofton and a hit batsman before Alou flied out after his liner was just foul.

“This field, the grass is so loose. I did see some spray, but it can’t be the chalk going up because it’s paint out there,” Morris said of Alou’s close call.

“They were obviously fired up, but I didn’t see the third-base coach (Wendell) Kimm. He wasn’t going nuts and I’m sure he had one of the best views.”

The Cardinals restored their lead over the Cubs in the tight NL Central to 1 1/2 games. Houston lost at Los Angeles, falling a half-game behind St. Louis.

Sosa didn’t start the second game after giving the Cubs a dramatic win in the first one.

“My goodness. I think it was one of the longest games we’ve played,” Sosa said after hitting his 32nd homer. It was his ninth career game-winning homer, and seventh with the Cubs.

“After you play 15 innings, I don’t think you have any energy left,” Sosa said. “But that was a big one for the team. We played so hard to be where we are.”

Augie Ojeda, recalled from the minors Monday, was 0-for-21 with the Cubs this season when he singled to left off Jeff Fassero (1-7) to start the bottom of the 15th.

One out later, Sosa connected on an 0-2 pitch.

“That’s a heartbreaker,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “There were a lot of heroic moments. We were close to winning a couple of times, but couldn’t pull it off. That’s a tough loss.”

Fernando Vina doubled to lead off the 14th—the Cardinals’ first hit since the seventh—and moved to third on a fly ball before Mark Guthrie (2-3) retired Mike Matheney on a comebacker to end the threat.

Palmeiro saved the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth, leaping into the vines in left field to make a spectacular catch of Martinez’s two-out drive with the bases loaded.

Jason Simontacchi, who made 21 relief appearances for the Cardinals since his last start June 3, retired the first 12, striking out six. He left after the Cubs benefited from a controversial call and scored two unearned runs in the fifth to it.

The Cubs got their first baserunner in the fifth when third-base umpire Bill Hohn ruled that left fielder Albert Pujols didn’t hold Aramis Ramirez’s fly ball.

Replays showed that Pujols squeezed the ball and as he was trying to switch it to his right hand to throw it back to the infield, he dropped the ball. It went for a two-base error.

Hohn said it wasn’t a routine play and that the ball dropped out of Pujols’ glove, not his barehand, so it wasn’t a catch. Simontacchi didn’t agree.

“No doubt about it, he caught the ball,” Simontacchi said. “It was a bad call, but at the same time I still have to get us out of the inning and I didn’t do that.”

La Russa argued to no avail. Two outs later, Alex Gonzalez doubled for the Cubs’ first hit, scoring Ramirez and making it 2-1, and then Damian Miller had another double to tie the game.

St. Louis took an early 2-0 lead, scoring in the second on Chris Widger’s RBI single off Ramirez’s glove at third and on Jim Edmonds’ 35th homer leadingoff the fourth.

Notes

Morris missed a month with a broken hand, and Tuesday was his third start since coming off the disabled list. … It’s the second straight season the Cardinals and Cubs played a day-night doubleheader. The Cards won both games last season in the first split twinbill at Wrigley Field since 1931. Tuesday’s first game was the makeup of a May 11 game that was called after four innings. … Announced attendance for the opener was 31,990; for the nightcapit was 39,290.

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