Street. Lewis (AP) – Nolan Arenado and Paul Dejong drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals hold out against the New York Yankees 12-9 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.
St.Louis won the seventh consecutive season in a slow sprint of 4 hours 25 minutes – the longest game by nine runs in the Grand Slams this season.
DJ LeMahieu composed the Yankees, who lost five in a row. It’s their worst slip since seven games slipped last September.
St. Louis (60-48) moved the 12 best games of the season over .500 with the first regular season series sweep of the Yankees. The Rookie Cardinals were two games ahead of second-placed Milwaukee at NL Central.
New York still has the best MLS record, but its lead in the AL East has fallen to 9 1/2 games over Toronto, the first time it’s been number one since June 15.
St. Louis became the first team to beat the Yankees in a series of at least three games this year. The Atlanta and New York Mets are the only two major league clubs to avoid that fate so far.
Arenado, who fired Homer from three runs in the second half, has hit three strokes and leads the big teams with 18 RBI in interplays this season.
DeJong, who broke the tie 6 times with his fifth inning double, added three innings in the eighth – his 100th home run.
Aaron Judge led four runs for the Yankees, bringing his AL-leading team’s total to 97 RBI.
Frankie Montas struggled on his debut with the Yankees. Acquired from Oakland on Monday, the right-hander allowed six earned runs and five runs over three innings. Hit two and walked three.
New York coach Aaron Boone was sent off by board referee Ed Hickox in fifth for apparently arguing balls and hits. This was Boone’s 23rd and sixth dismissal of the season. Throwing coach Matt Blake was also thrown.
The judge gave his team a 4-1 lead with one run per second. St. Louis responded with five runs in the bottom half. Homer Arenado XXII put St. Louis ahead 6-4.
The Cardinal scored three times in the fifth inning to break a 6-all tie. Tommy Edman followed up DeJong’s double with a sprinting hit. DeJong was originally called on the board in the play, but the call was reversed after reviewing the replay.
St. Louis writer Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and eight strokes over four innings. Hit five and walked four.
Aaron Hicks took three hits and made it to base four times for the Yankees.
St. Louis completed a 6-0 homestand, their first home sweep of six or more games since September 2013.
Chris Stratton (6-4) took the win, allowing two more runs than 1 and 2/3 runs from rest. Hit four and did not walk on the beating.
Ryan Helsley managed to save him 11 on 14 chances.
Albert Abreu (2-1) took the loss.
Wainwright and C Yadier Molina made their 318th start together, finishing second to all-time behind Detroit duo Mickey Lullich and Bill Freehan (324) from 1963-1975.
Bush III King
Molina earned his 1000th career run at Busch III with a single in third place. He is the leader of his career at the stadium, which opened in 2006.
Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo is out of his third game in a row with a back problem. He missed four matches last month due to back problems.
Cardinals: Juan Epes will begin his rehab job Tuesday in Triple A Memphis. He has been out since July 15 with a strain in his right forearm.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.96 ERA) will face 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 from 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. Mikulas allowed five home runs in three career starts at Corse.
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