Cardinals, Dodgers play to a tie

Saturday, March 22, 2003

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Morris allowed three runs in six innings and hit an RBI single off Hideo Nomo as the Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers played a 4-4, 10-inning tie Friday.

Nomo gave up two runs in five innings a day after being selected to start the Dodgers' season-opener March 31 at Arizona. He'll pitch against four-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson.

Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and Fred McGriff added a solo shot against Morris, who gave up five hits. Nomo allowed seven hits.

Wilson Delgado gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in the seventh by hitting a two-run homer off Giovanni Carrara. The Dodgers tied it their half of the inning on Jason Romano's RBI single off Rick Ankiel, who walked none but gave up two hits.

"The intensity dial was turned up a little today," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "That was a pretty good major league baseball game."

Albert Pujols went 2-for-2 and Mike Matheny was 2-of-4 for the Cardinals, who had 12 hits off five pitchers. Beltre and Quilvio Veras each went 2-for-3 for the Dodgers, who had nine hits off five pitchers.

Dodgers closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect sixth inning in his first appearance since getting hit in the right calf by a batted ball Monday. Gagne has pitched only three innings this spring because of minor injuries.

"Today was his best day by far," Tracy said of Gagne, who had a franchise-record 52 saves in 56 chances last season.

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