Cardinals beat Yankees 12-9 to complete 3-game sweep

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

St. Louis won its season-high seventh straight in a slugfest that lasted 4 hours, 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 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 storming 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 has 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 clubs in the majors to avoid that fate so 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 a three-run drive in the eighth inning — his 100th career home run.

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 struck out two and walked three.

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

Dommer 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 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 out at the plate on the play, but the call was reversed on 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 completed a 6-0 home streak, the first home stretch of six games or more 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 did not 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 KING

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

TRAINING ROOM

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo pitched his third consecutive game with a back-to-back. 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 strain in his 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 of an 8-6 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.92 ERA) hosts 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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