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YANKEES FINISH THEIR 9 ROUND TRIP WITH A WIN AT ST LOUIS

Jacoby Ellsbury has some fond memories of St. Louis, the site of two Boston wins in last year’s World Series, when Ellsbury was a member of the Red Sox. On Wednesday, Ellsbury made a new one, helping the Yankees finish a nine-game Midwest trip in style.

Ellsbury went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in, two runs scored, two stolen bases and a sliding catch in the outfield. His all-around production helped the Yankees earn a 7-4 victory over theSt. Louis Cardinals that made their trip a winning one at 5-4.

“Yeah, we had some interesting games here in the World Series,” Ellsbury said. “This is a very good team, so we were fortunate to come out ahead.”

Ellsbury’s three hits were part of a singles extravaganza: The Yankees hit 11 in all, also getting a double by Brian Roberts.

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“This is a pretty good pitching club that doesn’t give up a lot of home runs,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “To come out with seven runs on 11, 12 hits, that’s pretty good when there’s not a lot of big hits.”

Despite the three-run gap at the end, there was a little drama in the ninth inning as the Cardinals brought the possible tying run to the plate with no outs. Right fielder Allen Craig led off with a single off David Robertson, and Yadier Molina walked. But Robertson struck out John Jay, Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso to earn his fourth save of the trip.

It was, in many ways, a difficult trip, even though it included only two cities — Chicago and St. Louis — and three teams.

Three of the Yankees’ victories came in extra innings. Masahiro Tanakasuffered his first loss in the major leagues. Mark Teixeira sustained an injurythat shelved him for the three games in St. Louis, which forced Brian McCann to make his first career start at first base Wednesday. Robertson had his first blown save of the season, on a game-ending home run by Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox.

“It was a good road trip, 5-4,” Robertson said. “It should have been 6-3 had I not blown the lead against the White Sox.”

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