ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris (20-7) struck out a career-high 13 to win his 20th game and Albert Pujols set an NL rookie RBI record as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday.
The Cardinals, who have won nine of 10, entered the game with a one-game lead over the Giants in the wild card standings and 4 1/2 behind Houston in the NL Central.
The Brewers have lost five straight, getting outscored 35-7 in the process.
Pujols drove in three runs to give him 120 RBIs, breaking the NL rookie mark of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930 for the Boston Braves. Ted Williams holds the major league record with 145 in 1939 for the Red Sox.
Mets 9, Pirates 2
PITTSBURGH -- Todd Zeile and Mike Piazza homered for the second straight game and the Mets, again wearing hats in tribute to New York's firefighters, police and rescue workers, finished off a three-game sweep.
Phillies 5, Braves 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen delivered yet another big hit, and Philadelphia beat Atlanta for the third straight night and moved within a half-game of the first-place Braves in the NL East.
Atlanta had won six of seven before terrorist attacks forced postponement of last week's games.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 2
DENVER -- Mike Hampton (14-11) beat NL West-leading Arizona despite walking seven in five innings.
Before 30,301, the smallest home crowd in the nine-year history of the Rockies, Colorado got two RBIs each from Hampton, Terry Shumpert and Juan Uribe.
Cubs 10, Reds 0
CINCINNATI -- Kerry Wood (11-6) allowed two hits in seven innings and struck out nine, and Rondell White and Michael Tucker each drove in four runs as Chicago won for only the second time in eight games.
Expos 5, Marlins 2
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his 34th homer, a two-run drive in the fifth off Josh Beckett (1-1). With 101 RBIs, Guerrero topped 100 for the fourth straight season.
Montreal drew 2,887, the Expos' smallest home crowd since 2,803 attended a weekday afternoon game on Sept. 27, 1984. The Expos drew just 8,817 for the three-game series.
Astros 10, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dave Mlicki (6-1) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings and Moises Alou hit a three-run homer.
Barry Bonds, who leads the majors with 63 home runs, was 1-for-3 with a walk and a single. He needs seven homers in San Francisco's last 16 games to tie the record Mark McGwire set three years ago.
Padres 4, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES -- Bubba Trammell hit a tying homer in the ninth off Jeff Shaw and a two-run single in the 10th off Mike Trombley (0-3), sending Los Angeles to its fifth straight loss. San Diego has won seven straight at Dodger Stadium.
Tony Gwynn, making his final Dodger Stadium appearance, triggered San Diego's winning rally with a single off Trombley (0-3), ending an 0-for-14 skid as a pinch hitter.
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