Yankees earn 6-2 Game 2 win over Cardinals with bullpen game

New York Yankees relief pitcher Ron Marinaccio (97) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of Game 2 of a double header at Busch Stadium.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ron Marinaccio (97) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of Game 2 of a double header at Busch Stadium. / Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader had a sacrificial fly in the first inning on his return to St. Louis, rookie Antoine Volpe hit a triple go-ahead in his fifth straight multi-hit game and the Yankees beat the Cardinals 6-2 on Saturday night for a double split.

St. Louis won the rain-interrupted opener 11-4 behind Paul Goldschmidtgo-ahead, three-point home run Luis Severino in a third of five points. Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings, Goldschmidt had four RBIs and Nolan Gorman also homered for the Cardinals, who hit double-digit runs for the first time since May 21.

Volpe has increased his average from .193 to .220 in his last six games. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits in Game 2 as the Yankees won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

Lars Nootbaar homered for St. Louis, which fell to 34-48, its worst start in 82 games since 1990. Nootbaar hit a first-inning homer out of Game 1 ian hamilton as the Yankees went with a bullpen game due to rain on Friday.

Michael King (2-4) allowed a hit while throwing a scoreless relief over a season-high 3 1/3 innings. Wandy Peralta, Tommy Kahnle And Clay Holmes followed by one round each.

Bader played in St. Louis for the first time since the Yankees acquired him at the trade deadline last year. A crowd favorite who made his league debut with the Cardinals in 2017, Bader spent Friday visiting children at Cardinals Glennon Hospital. He received a 30-second standing ovation on his first trip to home plate and went 0 for 3.

Volpe tripled in the second off Matthew Liberator (1-3) and DJ LeMahieu followed by a sacrificed steal for a 3-1 lead. Jose Trevino led to Kiner-Falefa with a safety bunt single in the ninth off Chris Straton And Gleyber Torres followed by a single two dot.

Giancarlo Stanton played left field in the night game, his first appearance since July 21.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodon (strained left forearm, back pain) allowed a hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings for Class A Hudson Valley in their third rehab outing, striking out eight and walking two. He threw 58 pitches. … HPL Nestor Cortes threw 20 pitches from a mound on Friday and will likely pitch again on Monday or Tuesday. He has been out since June 5 with a left rotator cuff sprain.

Cardinals: INF/OF Brendan Donovan missed both games with a sore throwing arm.

FOLLOWING

New York RHP Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.78) will face Jordan Montgomery (5-7, 3.52) Sunday. Montgomery pitched five shutout innings in a 1-0 win over the Yankees on Aug. 6, four days after the trade that sent him to St. Louis.

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