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Updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 11:58 PM EDT
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St. Louis Cardinals
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R H E
8 13 0
Milwaukee Brewers
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4 8 0
W Morris (11-8)
L Kinney (10-13)
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ST LOUIS 8, MILWAUKEE 4
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Wes Helms hit a monstrous home run, but J.D. Drew belted one of his own to help the St. Louis Cardinals to their fourth straight victory, 8-4.

The Cardinals remained alive in the National League Central Division race, although their playoff hopes remain faint. St. Louis is in third place, 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs and 2 1/2 behind the Houston Astros .

The Cardinals must win their three remaining games, have the Cubs lose all four of theirs and get help from the Brewers, who visit the Astros for a four-game set.

"It's just unfortunate the way the circumstances worked out," Drew said. "It's important to play out the season. We just want to finish positively."

In the second inning, Helms hit a 465-foot homer - the longest by a Brewer in Miller Park history - to open the scoring. The two-run blast landed at the base of Bernie Brewer's slide in left-center field.

"He put a beating on that one," Cardinals starter Matt Morris said. "Luckily ... we got ahead and held them off."

The Cardinals clawed their way back to tie the game at 3-3 on an RBI single by Morris in the fourth. Drew then hit his homer, a two-run shot into the second deck in right-center field, to put St. Louis ahead.

"They hit some tough pitches," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "The pitch that Drew hit wasn't an exceptionally good pitch, but the only other pitch I was upset with was the ball Morris hit. Some of those other hits came on good pitches."

Drew drove in another run with a double in the ninth.

"J.D. had a big game," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It was a well-played game on our part. We fell behind but kept battling back."

Morris (11-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. The righthander struck out three without a walk en route to his first win in three starts.

Brewers starter Matt Kinney (10-13) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings.


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