The Cardinals' ace, Morris (5-3) limited the Cubs to three doubles and a single en route to his fourth career shutout and third complete game of the season. The righthander struck out eight without a walk, throwing 82 of 117 pitches for strikes.
"I made some good pitches," Morris said. "Carlos (Zambrano) was throwing the ball well all day, also. It was a fight to the end. You just have to go out and try to make good pitches."
Morris got stronger as the game went on, retiring the final 11 batters in winning for the third time in four starts.
"(Morris) rose to the occasion," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "It was very special to see him go the distance. We weren't going to push him too hard in the ninth, but he put them down 1-2-3."
Pujols provided Morris with some insurance when he homered off reliever
in the bottom of the eighth.
Chicago lost three of four in the series and fell to 4-23 at Busch Stadium over the last four seasons.
Zambrano (4-4) was the hard-luck loser after yielding an unearned run and five hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.
The Cubs had a chance to break on top in the opening inning after
doubled with two outs. But Morris retired
on a weak grounder to second base.
Morris also worked around a two-out double in the fifth and a one-out double hit in the sixth. After
's two-base hit in the sixth, Morris did not allow another baserunner.
"(Mike) Matheny called a great game back there," Morris said. "It was a lot of fun to go out there and execute and pitch well. It was a nice win."
"(Morris) was in a groove," Cubs third baseman
said. "Sometimes you have to step out of there because he works so fast. He was just unstoppable. Matt was just awesome today. He got his breaking ball over all day long. He didn't have to throw many fastballs today."
In the third, the Cardinals gave Morris all the offense he needed, getting a little help from Zambrano along the way.
Matheny led off with a single and Morris put down a bunt. Zambrano threw wildly to second, allowing Matheny to take third.
bounced into a double play to plate the Cards' catcher with the game's first run.
Zambrano's error was the 12th by Chicago pitchers this season. As a team, the Cardinals have committed just 15 errors.
St. Louis loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Zambrano struck out Morris on a 3-2 pitch.
Pujols provided the final margin to start the bottom of the eighth, crushing a 1-2 pitch from Farnsworth over the left field wall for his 11th homer.
"Every time I try to think too much and swing too hard, I get groundouts," Pujols said. "So I tried to stay back and make a good swing and not think too much."