"I needed today," Morris said. "I wanted to go out there and put my piece in today."
Jerome Williams (9-7) took the loss, highlighted by his uncharacteristic wildness, issuing five walks. He pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs.
"I was just trying to get the ball over the plate, but I couldn't," Williams said. "It happens. You guys could see out there that I was kind of upset."
Three of those walks came in the bottom of the fifth inning and all three came around to score. After Edgar Renteria struck out to open the inning, Williams loaded the bases by issuing three straight walks to Roger Cedeno, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds.
Marlon Anderson then hit a flyball to center field that Marquis Grissom mistakenly thought would be the last out of the inning. Cedeno tagged up to score from third as Grissom had a mental lapse and threw the ball home too late.
John Mabry drew an intentional pass to load the bases again and Yadier Molina followed with a single up the middle to score two more runs. That seemingly put the game out of reach in the fifth, 4-0, with Morris dealing and the Giants' inability to start a rally.
Of course, it helps if the Giants wouldn't continue their major league-leading trend of grounding into double plays. San Francisco hit into four double plays against St. Louis (62-36) and killed any thoughts of scoring.
The Cardinals scored their first run when Renteria manufactured one in the bottom of the first inning against Williams. After one out, Renteria doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Williams. He then scored on a groundout to the right side of the infield by Cedeno to give St. Louis an early 1-0 lead.
The Redbirds added insurance in the later innings on a Rolen sacrifice fly to score Womack from third in the bottom of the sixth, while John Mabry hit a blast to center field in the bottom of the seventh.
Manager Felipe Alou was impressed with his team's opponent and predicted that the best team, currently, in the National League would be playing in October.
"If we're lucky, we might see them in the playoffs," Alou said. "That club there, that will make the playoffs."
Williams will get a chance to redeem himself against the Cardinals this Friday as St. Louis makes its only visit to San Francisco.
"Last year, I faced them twice back to back and I did pretty good," Williams said. "I've got to get back on track, so I guess I'll be getting back on track with them."
Game Notes: Retired Giants announcer Lon Simmons was officially inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame on Sunday…The Giants caught a break weather-wise in St. Louis as the game-time temperature was a cool 65 degrees. It was as high as 94 with high humidity just this past Thursday…The closest the Giants came to scoring was on a high flyball to left hit by Deivi Cruz that ended up dying at the warning track.
SFDugout.com player(s) of the game: St. Louis – Obviously Matt Morris gets the nod as he pitched his seventh career shutout. San Francisco – The only bright spot of the game possibly came in the form of struggling Matt Herges who retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth inning.
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