Tempers flared and so did the Cardinals offense on Wednesday in a 12-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Matt Morris and Mark Prior had been pitching the inside portion of the plate and a few players took to the dirt to avoid bean balls. In the fifth, Morris knocked down Cubs first baseman Derek Lee, who jumped up and yelled at Morris and the Cardinal bench. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown and no one was ejected. Jim Edmonds was one player who had to hit the deck, but he hit his second home run of the day two pitches later. Edmonds finished with four RBI’s. Edgar Renteria also drove in four, but he did it with a fifth-inning grand slam. Scott Rolen added to his RBI total with a double, to give him 63 on the season. Morris lasted five innings and was able to pick up his sixth win of the season, which put the Cardinals into a tie with the Reds for first place in the National League Central.
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