MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
made his first win of 2003 a memorable one.
Morris pitched six strong innings and hit his first career home run as the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to a 15-2 victory over the
in the rubber game of a three-game series.
hit two home runs, drove in four runs and scored three times for the Cardinals, who also scored 15 runs in a victory at Colorado on April 8.
- the only St. Louis starter not to record a hit - led off the game with a walk off
(1-2). one out later, Rolen belted a 425-foot home run over the center field wall for his fourth shot of the season to stake Morris to a 2-0 lead.
"I was just trying to put the ball in play, I guess," said Rolen, who recorded his 13th career multi-homer game. "(The pitch) was low, but with two strikes, I was just trying to make something happen."
"I've seen Franklin sharper," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "Early on, he wasn't sharp and we jumped on him. It was one of those days. We've been on both ends of those games before."
With two outs in the second, Morris sent Franklin's 2-2 offering over the wall in left-center. He had not homered in his first 255 career at-bats.
"(Morris) hit the fastball," said Franklin, who outdueled Arizona's
in his last start. "I've thrown him fastballs every time I've faced him and he's never hit one. I wasn't going to make and adjustment, but he did. Unfortunately, he hit one over the fence."
"I got lucky, but it felt great," Morris said. "I've been waiting for this home run since Little League."
The Cardinals added three runs in the third inning and four runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to blow open the game. Every starter except
scored for St. Louis, which had 16 hits.
Morris (1-1), who had received only three runs of support in his first two starts combined, yielded just one unearned run to improve to 8-3 lifetime vs. the Brewers.
"That hadn't been the case the last three games," Morris said of his offensive support. "Getting the cushion that I got was comforting. With that kind of lead, it allows me to get confidence in my other pitches."
Morris has more wins against Milwaukee than any other team.
"He pitches well against everybody," Brewers manager
said. "He's a top-notch, No. 1 starter in this league. He's a premier pitcher and when you give him a six-, seven- or eight-run lead, he's doubly tough."
Franklin, meanwhile, was roughed up for nine runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
"They were good at hitting the mistakes and they hit some of the good pitches I made," Franklin said.
"He was behind in the count and never got out in front," Yost said of his starter. "It's hard to pitch to a team like that when you're behind constantly. They'll make you pay."
relieved Franklin but provided little for the Brewers, surrendering five runs and five hits in just one inning.
Matheny drove in three runners and
two apiece in the rout. Pujols had missed the team's 6-1 loss on Tuesday after getting hit by a pitch on his right thumb on Monday.
"It's nice to get (a win) in the fashion we did," Morris said. "We wanted to win the series and we came out swinging the bats. They kept pouring it on as the game went on."
"Sometimes you get that feeling like you're waiting for that other shoe to drop," Rolen said. "Today, we were waiting for the next guy to hit the ball hard. You win ballgames with good offense and good pitching. On this club, both of those are good."