Yankees vs. Cardinals – Game Recap – August 7, 2022

ST. LOUIS — Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong both hit a homer and drove in four carries to help the St. Louis Cardinals outlast the New York Yankees 12-9 on Sunday and wrap up a three-game sweep.

St. Louis won its seventh straight season high in a slugfest that lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes — the longest nine-inning game in the majors this season.

DJ LeMahieu hit a homer for the Yankees, who have lost five straight games. It’s their worst slip since a seven-game slide last September.

St. Louis (60-48) has had its best 12 games of the season over .500 with its first win of the regular season against the Yankees. The rising Cardinals were two games ahead of second-placed Milwaukee in the NL Central.

New York still has the best record in the American League, but its lead in the AL East has narrowed to 9 1/2 games ahead of Toronto, the first time it has broken into single digits since June 15.

St. Louis became the first team to defeat the Yankees in a streak of at least three games that year. Atlanta and the New York Mets are the only clubs in the majors to have avoided that fate so far.

Arenado, who started a three-run homer in the second inning, had three hits and leads the majors with 18 RBI in interleague games this season.

DeJong, who broke a 6-all tie with a double in the fifth inning, added a three-run drive in the eighth inning – his 100th home run of his career.

Aaron Judge drove in four runs for the Yankees, bringing his AL-leading total to 97 RBI.

Frankie Montas struggled in his Yankees debut. The right-hander, acquired from Oakland on Monday, allowed six earned runs and five hits over three innings. He hit two and walked three.

New York manager Aaron Boone was thrown out in the fifth by plate umpire Ed Hickox for what appeared to be contentious balls and shots. It was Boone’s 23rd throw out and his sixth of the season. Pitching coach Matt Blake was also pitched.

Judge gave his team a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the second. St. Louis responded with five bottom-half runs. Arenado’s 22nd homer gave St. Louis a 6-4 lead.

The Cardinals scored three times in the fifth to break a 6-all tie. Tommy Edman followed DeJong’s double with a run-scoring hit. DeJong was originally called out on the play’s plate, but the call was reversed after a re-examination.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and eight hits over more than four innings. He struck five and walked four.

Aaron Hicks had three hits and reached base four times for the Yankees.

St. Louis completed a 6-0 homestand, the first homestand sweep of six or more games since September 2013.

Chris Stratton (6-4) clinched the win, allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings of relief. He hit four and walked no batter.

Ryan Helsley made his 11th save from 14 chances.

Albert Abreu (2-1) took the defeat.

BEST FRIENDS

Wainwright and C. Yadier Molina started together for the 318th time, the second of all time behind the Detroit duo Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324) from 1963-1975.

KING BUSH III

Molina scored his 1,000th. Career hit at Busch Stadium III with a single in the third. He is the career ladder of the stadium, which opened in 2006.

TRAINING ROOM

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo sat out his third straight game with a back problem. He missed four games last month with a back problem.

Cardinals: OF Juan Yepez will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at the Triple-A Memphis. He has been out since July 15 with a right forearm strain.

NEXT

Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.96 ERA) meets RHP Logan Gilbert (10-4, 3.09) in the opening game of a three-game series Monday in Seattle. Taillon allowed six runs over 4 2/3 innings in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.92 ERA) meets Colorado RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.75) in the first of a three-game series Tuesday in Denver. Mikolas has allowed five homers in three career starts at Coors Field.

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