Yankees beat Cardinals 7-4, take series

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — It was news to Hiroki Kuroda that it had been 10 months since he last won on the road.

"I wasn't really thinking about that," the right-hander said through an interpreter after the New York Yankees gave him a big early lead in a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. "In fact, I didn't know until you told me."

Kuroda snapped an 11-start road winless streak and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs his first three at-bats against Shelby Miller.

"It was nice playing with a lead," Ellsbury said of the 7-0 advantage. "I thought Kuroda did a tremendous job and we got some big hits in big situations. We put a lot of good swings on balls."

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 had an RBI single and made his first career start at first base in the finale.

"I felt pretty good over there," McCann said. "With each pitch I was glad balls weren't hit to me, but I'll get more reps in practice just in case Tex needs a couple days and I can fill in there."

Miller (6-4) allowed a career-worst seven runs and nine hits in five innings for St. Louis.

"He came out of the gate looking pretty good," manager Mike Matheny said. "Third inning hit and they were just on everything.

"You didn't see a lot of bad swings, no matter what we threw up there."

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.

"The fans were awesome here, all three days," Jeter said. "I've always heard how great of a baseball city this is and I'm glad I had a chance to experience it before my career was over with."

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.

Miller had won five of his previous six starts but has lasted fewer than six innings seven times in his 11 starts. Frequently jumping on the first pitch, the Yankees pelted the 23-year-old right-hander for seven runs and seven hits. He walked two in the third and fourth.