Morris gives giant effort

Monday, July 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:57 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Motivated by his worst start of the year, Matt Morris was at his best against the San Francisco Giants.

Morris threw a seven-hitter for his seventh career shutout and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of Jerome Williams’ wildness for a 6-0 victory on Sunday.

“I needed today,” Morris said. “I wanted to go out there and put my piece in today.”

The Cardinals avoided a sweep after losing the first two games of the three-game series, and beat the Giants for the second time in seven games at home the past two seasons.

The NL Central leaders have won 16 of 20 overall, and 13 of 16 at home.

“If we’re lucky, we might see them in the playoffs,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “That club there, that will make the playoffs.”

Morris (11-6) threw his 15th career complete game to bounce back from his worst start of the season, when he lasted 1 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs in the Cardinals’ 11-8 comeback victory against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He helped himself by inducing double plays to end the fourth, fifth, sixth, and ninth, emphasizing his sinker.

Much of this season, he has relied more on changing speeds.

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