ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pitching in his hometown for the first time, David Phelps had plenty of support off the field. The New York Yankees pitcher could have a little more help between the lines.
The Yankees were shut out for just the second time and committed two costly errors in a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
"It's not like they're out there not trying," Phelps said. "I'm never going to be frustrated with my defense. They pick me up more than they let me down."
Phelps (1-2) allowed three earned runs and eight hits in six innings. Two infield errors contributed to two unearned runs in the Cardinals' breakout four-run third.
The right-hander thought he also set a bad tone needing 28 pitches to get out of a scoreless first, giving hitters an extended look at his repertoire.
"I'm not doing a very good job of getting out of the gate," he said. "That's on me. They're seeing a lot of my pitches first time through and that makes their next at-bats that much more comfortable for them."
Phelps left 26 tickets for family and friends, including his eighth grade advanced algebra teacher and his calculus instructor from junior and senior year in high school. Several former Hazelwood West High teammates donned Yankees gear and sat behind the bullpen as he warmed up.
"The support that I got tonight was really cool," Phelps said. "It's a frustrating night overall, but coming back home and seeing people I really care about, it really means a lot."
Lance Lynn threw a five-hit shutout in his first career complete game and the Cardinals got home runs from Allen Craig and Matt Holliday.
Holliday and Matt Adams had three hits and an RBI apiece and Craig drove in two runs. The Cardinals have won 10 of 13, shaking off a 12-inning loss in the series' opener, and ended the Yankees' three-game road winning streak that matched their best of the year.
"We didn't play a very good game today but we had run off three pretty good games in a row," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's just part of the game. You have ups and downs."
Derek Jeter got a standing ovation before each at-bat, just like in the opener. He was 0 for 3 with a walk.
Adams leads the National League with 22 multi-hit games, Holliday has reached safely in all 23 home games and Craig has a team-high 15 RBIs this month.
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