Wacha resilient but Cardinals lose to Yanks in 12

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm •  Published: May 26, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — By now, Michael Wacha is accustomed to dealing with the weather. He knows how to keep the St. Louis Cardinals close, too.

The right-hander who was the NLCS MVP as a rookie last fall has permitted three or fewer runs in all 11 starts this season, four of them including delays with a total idle time of 4 hours, 52 minutes. Wacha left a tie game after seven innings and only 84 pitches Monday, but the New York Yankees went on to a 6-4 victory in 12 innings.

"It's definitely been one of my goals, to be efficient out there but still make quality pitches," Wacha said. "Not just throwing the ball over the middle of the plate."

Before matching his season high for innings, Wacha had to get through the first. After nine pitches the Yankees had the lead, with a walk by Brett Gardner and a single by Derek Jeter setting up Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single.

"They definitely came out swinging," Wacha said. "I knew I had to start making a lot better pitches earlier on in the count, and it ended up working out a little bit better for me."

Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th, one inning after Gardner's leaping catch at the left-field fence on a drive by Yadier Molina helped save the Yankees.

"I haven't seen the replay but it looked like it if it wasn't caught, it was either off the top of the wall or gone," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "That would have been nice."

Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win. Alfredo Aceves (1-2) worked two scoreless innings and David Robertson earned his 11th save in 12 chances.

Jon Jay had an RBI double in the 12th for the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in 12 games.

A standing-room crowd of 47,311, the third-largest at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, showed up to see an opponent making only its second appearance in St. Louis since losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series.

The enthusiasm did not appear to be dampened by a 61-minute weather delay, the threat of rain that did not materialize, before the first pitch.

Cardinals pitchers retired 20 of 21 batters before the 12th, when Randy Choate (0-2) faced five batters and four reached safely.

"I felt good going in, but when I got out there I just didn't really have it," Choate said. "Just a really bad day."

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