ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shelby Miller opened with two scoreless innings. The next two innings were so rough the 23-year-old right-hander wondered if he had been tipping his pitches.
"I don't know. Just a tough start," Miller said after the worst statistical outing of his career in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. "It seemed that especially in the third it was hit after hit.
"It kind of got away right there."
Hiroki Kuroda snapped an 11-start road winless streak and Jacoby Ellsbury helped build the early lead with three hits and three RBIs his first three at-bats.
John Ryan Murphy added two RBIs for the Yankees, who took two of three without an appearance from Mark Teixeira, nursing a sore wrist, and wrapped up a 5-4 trip. Catcher Brian McCann made his first career start at first base in the finale.
Miller (6-4) allowed a career-worst seven runs and nine hits in five innings and left trailing 7-0. Seven of the hits and all of the runs came in the third and fourth.
"You just didn't see a lot of bad swings," manager Mike Matheny said. "I really don't have a good explanation; I don't think he does, either, at this point."
Ellsbury stole second without a throw in the third and had a wild pitch in the fourth.
"It was a slower move to the plate and sometimes that's the natural reaction when you start giving up a lot of runs," Matheny said. "Your mind's on 'I've got to make good pitches here because I'm getting beat.'"
Kolten Wong had a career-best four hits and an RBI, Matt Carpenter doubled twice with an RBI and Yadier Molina had two hits and two walks, but the Cardinals stranded 13 runners.
Derek Jeter didn't play in the finale but made a curtain call before the seventh inning after the scoreboard camera focused on him in the dugout and fans responded with another standing ovation.
Kuroda (4-3) allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings for his first road victory since last July 25 at Texas. He had been 0-7 since then, the longest drought of his career but is 1-1 away from Yankee Stadium this year.
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