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

ST. LOUIS — — Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong homered and drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals outlast the New York Yankees 12-9 on Sunday, ending a three-game sweep.

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

DJ LeMahieu homered for the Yankees, who have lost five in a row. It is their worst run since seven games last September.

St. Louis (60-48) moved a season-best 12 games over .500 with its first win of the Yankees’ regular season. The surging Cardinals are two games ahead of second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

“Any time you can finish a hit on a great team like the Yankees, it’s huge,” Arenado said. “We beat a team that also plays great football. Where we’re trying to go, you’ve got to win streaks. It’s just great to see us play good baseball, play hard.”

New York still has the best record in the American League, but its AL East lead has dwindled to 9 1/2 games over Toronto, the first time it’s been in single digits since June 15.

St. Louis became the first team to beat the Yankees in a streak of at least three games this year. Atlanta and the New York Mets are the only clubs in the majors to avoid that fate thus far.

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

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

“I knew they weren’t going to go down quietly after we beat them the first two games,” DeJong said. “It was a great game today, one of the most memorable games I’ve played here.”

DeJong also drove in the clinching runs in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 4-3 win in the series opener.

“What DeJong did was pretty special,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s good to see Polly being Polly.”

DeJong was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on May 10 after a rough start to the season. He was recalled on July 30.

“I’m just grateful to get these chances,” DeJong said. “It’s been so much fun since I’ve been back – I’m just really enjoying every day here.”

Aaron Judge drove in four runs for New York, raising his AL total to 97 RBI.

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

“I was out of sync with my mechanics. I missed my seats a lot,” Montas said. “When you give this team a chance to hit those pitches, that’s what’s going to happen.”

New York manager Aaron Boone was ejected by umpire Ed Hickox in the fifth for apparently controversial balls and strikes. It was Boone’s 23rd ejection and sixth of the season. Pitching coach Matt Blake was also cast. He was thrown out by third base umpire Vic Carapaza.

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

The Cardinals scored three times in the fifth to break a 6-all tie. Tommy Edman followed DeJong’s double with a hit. DeJong was initially called out at the plate on the play, but the call was overturned after a replay review.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and eight hits over four-plus innings. He struck out five and walked four.

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

St. Louis went 6-0 at home, its first of six or more games since September 2013.

Chris Stratton (6-4) picked up the win, allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out four and didn’t walk a hit.

Ryan Helsley earned his 11th save in 14 appearances.

Albert Abreu (2-1) took the loss.

THE BEST FRIENDS

Wainwright and C Yadier Molina made their 318th start together, second all-time behind the Detroit duo of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324) from 1963-75.

BUSH III KING

Molina had his 1,000th career hit at Busch Stadium III with a single in the third. He is the career hitter at 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 back problems.

Cardinals: OF Juan Yepez will make a rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis. He has been out since July 15 with a sprained right forearm.

NEXT

Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.96 ERA) will face RHP Logan Gilbert (10-4, 3.09) in the opener 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 Myles Mikolas (8-8, 2.92 ERA) faces Colorado RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.75) in the first of a three-game series Tuesday in Denver. Mikolas has hit five home runs in three career starts at Coors Field.

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