ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting the Cardinals over the New York Yankees 4-3 Friday night in Matt Carpenter’s return to St. Louis.
Carpenter drew a standing ovation in his first visit back to the city where he played 11 seasons, then had two hits. Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also had two hits each for the Yankees, and Donaldson drove in two while New York built a 3-2 lead.
“A lot of emotions,” Carpenter said. “I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of great memories here. It was definitely a special moment.”
The Cardinals erased the deficit in the eighth. Nolan Arenado hit a one-out single, and Tyler O’Nell worked a two-out walk on a full count.
“Hats off to Nolan and T.O. to get on base to give me the opportunity,” DeJong said. “Earlier in the year, I might have dreaded an opportunity like that, but now I’m thankful for an opportunity like that.”
DeJong, playing his sixth game since being recalled from Triple-A, doubled to right against All-Star Clay Holmes (5-3) to score both runners.
All four of DeJong’s hits since he has returned have been for extra bases.
“I’m really happy to be back here and contributing,” DeJong said. “I’m happy I’m getting the chance.”
Rookie Andre Pallente (5-4) threw four scoreless innings in relief. He gave up three hits with two strikeouts. He threw 65 pitches.
Ryan Helsley earned his 10th save by pitching the ninth. He retired Carpenter on a groundout to end the game on a close play at first.
The Cardinals, who had just four hits in the game, have won a season-high five straight. St. Louis extended its home winning streak to six games.
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