Mistakes Cost Cardinals in 4-3 Loss to Yanks

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Masahiro Tanaka got back on track with 61/3 effective innings, Aroldis Chapman escaped his own jam for his third save in three days and the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

"It'll be a little unusual". "I really wasn't able to execute the pitches as much as I wanted to", Martinez said through an interpreter. "That's probably the thing that stands out as probably the thing that'll be a little awkward".

St. Louis has a handful of notable hitters on their roster.

During 982 games for the Cardinals, Holliday batted.293 with 156 home runs and 616 RBIs. The Yankees retired RHP Mariano Rivera's number on September 2013, and St. Louis retired RHP Bruce Sutter's number on September 2006. Still, the 17-year-veteran shows flashes of greatness at times, and squaring off against a rising star in Martinez should bring out more of his competitiveness.

St. Louis will be making its first regular-season appearance in NY against the Yankees since the 2003 season.

St. Louis fielders had only one assist, the first time that's happened for the Cardinals in a game since 1969.

The Cardinals possess a 4.72 ERA and will send Carlos Martinez to the mound for his third start.

The Yankees tested a basic law of physics today which says that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. "The nostalgia. The history". "I mean it's just a testament to how good his stuff is", Sabathia said.

Holliday's old team is off to a 3-6 start and is hitting.219. The left-hander, who has become a crafty pitcher in recent years, recorded his 225th win and also allowed three or fewer hits in at least 7 1/3 innings for the first time since September 21, 2012 against Oakland.

"It is a good win".

Sabathia does owe some thanks to his defense, as sparkling plays from Gardner and Starlin Castro certainly helped him get deeper into the game. After Gyorko homered, Stephen Piscotty homered off Tyler Clippard in the ninth. Aaron Hicks homered from both sides of the plate while Luis Severino struck out 11 in seven innings in a 3-2 win.

Martinez followed up an impressive debut with a rocky outing Sunday against Cincinnati, giving up six runs (five earned) in five innings of an 8-0 loss.

The Yankees carried a 1-0 lead into the top of the second inning. He also pitched 12 scoreless innings in spring training.

Tanaka started Opening Day against Tampa Bay and turned in a terrible outing.

Masahiro Tanaka (0-1) will start for NY on five days' rest.

Sabathia, who surrendered just three hits and struck out six batters in another standout performance, saving the Yankees' worn out bullpen. Clippard then put two runners on but notched his first save by striking out Randal Grichuk.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed", Tanaka said through an interpreter Saturday. "But I felt fine this was a game we needed to win". Heading into this series, the Cardinals were flailing and not playing up to their potential, while the Yankees have been better than expected.

The Cardinals won seven-game series in 1926 and 1964 and prevailed in five games in 1942.

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