Chicago (46-39) at St. Louis (53-32)

Heavy Rain Currently: St. Louis, MO, US
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat Jul 10, 2004
  • TV: FOX
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The St. Louis Cardinals are trying not to let their recent success at home go to their heads.

They’ll try to extend their home winning streak to 10 games when they meet the Chicago Cubs in the middle game of their series at Busch Stadium.

“As long as we don’t get carried away,” Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said. “It’s a humbling game, so you have to keep your head down and keep playing hard.”

Jason Marquis pitched into the ninth inning Friday, and Edmonds, Edgar Renteria, Albert Pujols and Tony Womack homered to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win in the series opener.

“It was a nice win, especially going into the break,” Marquis said. “We’re playing real good ball right now and I was hoping I could keep that going.”

The Cardinals extended their lead in the NL Central over the second-place Cubs to seven games. They are 30-8 against Chicago at Busch Stadium since 2000.

The Cardinals, who have won a season-high seven straight overall, will be looking for another strong outing from starter Jeff Suppan.

The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed just two runs over his last 15 1-3 innings, spanning two starts. He gave up one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings Sunday in a 2-1 win over Seattle.

“You’ve got to go out there and keep your team in the game,” Suppan said. “It’s a matter of trying to throw a zero up there and keeping guys off base, and building on it from start to start.”

Derrek Lee homered Friday for the Cubs, who have scored only three runs during their four-game losing streak. They got shut out twice while being swept in Milwaukee in a series that ended Wednesday.

”(The Cardinals are) going great,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said, “and we’re not going good. Nothing lasts forever and we just have to keep swinging.”

Starting Pitchers

M. Clement TOR vs. J. Suppan SD
9-13 Record 16-9
3.68 ERA 4.16
190 K 110
77 BB 65
1.28 WHIP 1.37