ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Morris earned his 100th win and Jim Edmonds scored twice, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.

Mark Grudzielanek’s single snapped a 2-all tie in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals added one more run with another successful suicide squeeze. Albert Pujols and John Mabry each had an RBI for St. Louis, which activated right fielder Larry Walker from the disabled list before the game.

Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his 32nd save in 35 opportunities. He retired pinch-hitter Moises Alou on a routine fly with the bases loaded to end it.

Morris (13-5) pitched six innings, allowing five hits before a sellout crowd of 47,169. In his third attempt, he became the 39th active pitcher to win 100 games and the 12th Cardinals pitcher overall.

Morris (100-57) is the first Cardinals hurler to reach the 100-win mark since Bob Forsch in 1982. The right-hander is 7-2 in 12 starts at home this season and has won four of his last five at Busch Stadium.

Kevin Correia (2-4) took the loss. He gave up four runs – three earned – and six hits in six innings.

St. Louis scored twice to go ahead 4-2 in the sixth. Edmonds led off with a double and scored on Grudzielanek’s single. A ground-rule double by Abraham Nunez advanced Grudzielanek to third.

With Grudzielanek breaking for the plate, Yadier Molina bunted the ball back to Correia, who flipped it home with his glove but not in time to get the sliding Grudzielanek. It was the 11th successful suicide squeeze in 13 attempts this season for St. Louis.

The Giants tied it at 2 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double by Ray Durham.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Edmonds led off with a walk and scored on a double by Mabry.

Morris led off the fifth and reached second base when his grounder was misplayed by third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for an error. David Eckstein sacrificed Morris to third, and Pujols singled up the middle for his 96th RBI of the season.

Pujols was thrown out trying to steal second, the first time in 12 attempts he has been caught.

Walker, who missed 26 games with a herniated disc in his neck, went 0-for-3 in his first game since July 22. So Taguchi pinch-hit for him in the seventh.

Notes: San Francisco’s Todd Linden struck out all four times up. … St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is two wins from matching Sparky Anderson (2,194) for third on the career list. … The Cardinals turned two double plays, giving them 12 on the homestand and 11 in their last four games. St. Louis is on pace to turn 204 double plays this season, which would shatter the club record. … Former St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart tore down No. 17 as part of the Busch Stadium countdown. Hart wore No. 17 for the football Cardinals. There are 16 regular-season games left to be played at Busch. On Sunday, Ray Lankford will tear down No. 16, which he wore when he played the outfield for the Cardinals.

AP-ES-08-20-05 1624EDT


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