Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Cardinals 4


ST. LOUIS -- The Yankees finished their nine-game road trip at 5-4 after taking two of three from the defending National League champions at Busch Stadium.

Four spot: In the third, the Yankees' tattooing of Shelby Miller began with four runs on three hits and two walks.

The big knocks were a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single and a John Ryan Murphy two-run single.

Ryan quandary: Ryan continues to impress, which could make him enticing trade bait come July or give the Yankees a big decision with Francisco Cervelli in the mix. Ryan has minor league options left. Cervelli does not.

Three more: Ellsbury is starting to pick it up. In the fourth, he added a two-run single. It was set up by a Kelly Johnson single and a Brian Roberts double.

Brian McCann added an RBI single. McCann has looked better at the plate lately.

McFirstbaseman: McCann's first major-league start at first base was pretty uneventful. He made a pretty nice play in the fourth, when, after a Ryan diving stop, the throw bounced in front of him. McCann didn't have to scoop the ball, but he did have to adjust. Jon Jay was safe anyway.

Standing O for Jeter: Before the seventh inning, the Cardinals showed Derek Jeter in the dugout on the Busch Stadium scoreboard. The fans and the Cardinals gave Jeter a standing ovation. He eventually stepped out of the dugout and tipped his cap. He also pointed to the Cards' bench.

They all must have liked his favorite movies of all-time selections.

Hiro OK: Hiroki Kuroda pitched well enough. In his 5 2/3 innings, he allowed nine hits but just three runs (all earned).

Jammed: In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals loaded the bases against Kuroda. Kuroda escaped by forcing Yadier Molina to pop out to end the inning.

One Pitch Wonder: With the lead cut to four and runners on first and third in the sixth, Joe Girardi turned to Dellin Betances. Betances needed just one pitch -- a slurve -- to force Matt Holliday to end the inning with a flyout.

Four closer outs: David Robertson didn't pick up the save, but he did come in during the eighth with two outs. He relieved Adam Warren. Robertson allowed an inherited runner to score on a Kolten Wong comebacker that nearly took off Robertson's head. Robertson struck out Holliday to end the inning.

In the ninth, Robertson allowed a hit and a walk to bring the tying run up. He then struck out Jon Jay, Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso to end the game.

Defensive Whiz?: Ryan made a fielding error in the second on a routine grounder. It did not cost the Yankees. While he has very good range, Ryan has been a bit inconsistent with the relatively easy ones.

What's next: The Yankees have a day off Thursday before starting a seven-game homestand that will see the returns of Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano. The Yankees face the Twins on Friday. The starting pitchers will be:

Friday: Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.49) versus Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 6.12).

Saturday: Masahiro Tanaka (7-1, 2.29) versus Kevin Correia (2-6, 6.34)

Sunday: Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.57) versus Hughes (5-1, 3.23)

The Yankees face the Mariners on Monday in a make-up game. The final three games are against the A's before the Yankees go on another long roadie, a 10-gamer, to Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland.