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Cardinals hold on for 12-9 win to complete first sweep of Yankees

Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST LOUIS — Avery good home stand turned into a great one Sunday as the Cardinals rallied from three deficits in the first five innings and outlasted the New York Yankees 12-9 at Busch Stadium to complete not only their first three-game sweep of the Yankees but they also swept the six-game home stand, which began against the Chicago Cubs.

The Cardinals raised their season-high winning streak to seven games as the Yankees lost their fifth successive game and dropped a three-game series for the first time this year.

The only other time in their histories that the Cardinals had won three games in succession from the Yankees in the same year came in the 1942 World Series when the Cardinals won the final four games after losing the first game.

Adam Wainwright needed 111 pitches to navigate four innings but the bullpen, covering the final 15 outs, enabled the Cardinals to rise 12 games above the break-even mark at 60-48, which constitutes two-thirds of a season. Jordan Hicks got four of those outs and, with a perfect seventh, was the only pitcher to set down the side in order in the game at that point. Ryan Helsley got the final four outs to record his 11th save and second in this series.

With Milwaukee's 10-inning loss to Cincinnati, the Cardinals increased their lead to two games at the top of the National League Central Division. It is their largest lead since June 16.

The Yankees, runaway leaders in home runs in the majors at 185, were held within the Busch Stadium confines for all three games until DJ LaMahieu homered in the ninth. The Cardinals didn't have a homer in the first two games of the series either but Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Paul DeJong in the eighth.

 

Arenado erases two Yankee leads in two innings

Arenado singled in the first inning off Frankie Montas to tie the game at 1-1. After the Cardinals had fallen behind in a three-run New York second, the Cardinals’ third baseman capped a five-run home half of the inning by rifling a three-run homer to left.

Montas, just acquired from Oakland, did the one thing a pitcher can’t do after being staked to a three-run lead. He walked the first two hitters he faced that inning, passing DeJong and Yadier Molina to start the second. Tommy Edman struck out but Dylan Carlson doubled to right center, scoring DeJong with Molina stopping at third.

Brendan Donovan walked to fill the bases and Paul Goldschmidt unloaded them a bit by hitting a sacrifice fly. Arenado then found a first-pitch slider to his liking and it was 6-4 after his 22nd homer of the season.

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