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

ST. LOUIS — — Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong both drove in four runs to help the Sts. Louis Cardinals to overcome the New York Yankees 12-9 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

St. Louis won its seventh consecutive major league title in a slower game that lasted 4 hours, 25 minutes — the longest nine-run game in the majors this season.

DJ LeMahieu pitched for the Yankees, who have lost five in a row. It’s their worst skid since a seven-game skid last September.

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

New York still has the best record in the American League, but its AL East lead is down 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 sweep the Yankees in a series of at least three games this year. Atlanta and the New York Mets are the only major league clubs to have avoided that fate thus far.

Arenado, who blasted 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 a three-run drive in the eighth inning – his 100th of his career.

Aaron Judge drove in four runs for the Yankees, raising his AL-leading 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 in three innings. He struck out two and walked three.

New York manager Aaron Boone was ejected by plate umpire Ed Hickox in the fifth for apparently fumbled balls and strikes. It was Boone’s 23rd sack and his sixth of the season. Pitching coach Matt Blake was also fired.

Judge gave his team a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the second. St. Louis answered with five runs in the bottom. Arenado’s 22nd homer 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 run-scoring hit. DeJong was initially called to the set of the show, but the call was reversed after a review.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and eight hits in 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 completed a 6-0 home sweep, its first home sweep of six or more games since September 2013.

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

Ryan Helsley earned his 11th save in 14 chances.

Albert Abreu (2-1) took the loss.

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 1963-1975.

BUSCH III BING

Molina got his 1,000th career hit at Busch Stadium III with a single in the third. He is the career leader at the course, which opened in 2006.

COACH 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 begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis. He has been out since July 15 with a right forearm sprain.

NEXT

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

Cardinals: RHP Miles 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 allowed five home runs in three career starts at Coors Field.

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