For the second straight series, the Cardinals were going for a three-game sweep and for the second straight time they were denied. St. Louis fell to Florida 3-2 on Sunday, despite a good performance from starting pitcher Woody Williams. He lasted seven innings and allowed three runs—one of them earned—off nine hits and two walks. Mike Mordecai got to Williams in the second inning with an RBI double. Juan Pierre made it 3-0 Marlins with a two-run double in the fourth. Jim Edmonds’ ninth home run of the season in the bottom half of the fourth got the Cardinals on the board to make it 2-1. The score stood until Reggie Sanders singled in Tony Womack in the eighth inning with no outs. The heart of the Cardinals’ lineup awaited Marlins reliever Armando Benitez, but Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds went down in order. Williams, whose ERA dropped from 5.27 to 4.69 yesterday, got the loss and fell to 1-4. The Cardinals wrapped up their six-game home stand by going 4-2.
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