St. Louis (44-29) at Kansas City (28-42)

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Temp: 28° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jun 26, 2004
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After two brutal months, Woody Williams is pitching well again.

The veteran right-hander will try for his fifth victory in six starts when the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals continue their “I-70” series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Williams, 1-5 with a 5.26 ERA after his first nine starts, has won four of his last five outings, lowering his ERA to 4.66. He has won consecutive outings for the first time this year, including last Saturday’s 9-2 triumph over Cincinnati.

Williams allowed two runs and four hits over seven solid innings, striking out five and walking three.

“All in all, I’m very pleased,” Williams said. “Especially that we were able to win the game. I was kicking myself there for a while. But after they scored the runs for me, there was no doubt in my mind that (the bullpen) was going to hold on and do the job.”

Williams has yielded just three runs and eight hits over 13 innings during his two-start win streak.

The Cardinals took Friday’s series opener 5-2 as Matt Morris pitched eight strong innings and Scott Rolen homered and added a three-run double to boost his major league-leading RBI total to 75.

It was the fifth four-RBI game of the season for Rolen, who went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .341.

In their first game since trading star center fielder Carlos Beltran to Houston, the Royals dropped their second straight and fourth in the last six.

Yadier Molina also had three hits for the Cardinals, who have won nine of 11 and own a major league-best 24-12 road record.

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