The Yankees outlasted St. Louis on Friday night by a score of 4-3. New York notched their 5th straight victory despite a late Cardinals surge and now sit at 6-4 on the season.
The Cardinals threatened the Yankee victory, leaving runners on both second and third when the final out occured.
Starlin Castro opened the scoring for New York with a two-run homer in the 1st that brought in Brett Gardner. Austin Romine added another home run in the 2nd and Jacoby Ellsbury scored in the bottom of the 5th.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up five hits during a 6 1/3 inning stay on the mound, including one home run. He now moves to 1-1 on the season.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the 9th and earned the save.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV
It seems the first inning home run to Carpenter woke Tanaka up. After the first frame, Tanaka allowed just three more hits and kept the Cardinals off the board until the seventh inning.
Tanaka seemed much more at ease on the mound as the game wore on, which is a good sign for him and the Yankees after Tanaka's rough start to the season. He may have tired in the seventh, but all in all, it was a much better performance from the Yankees' ace.
The Yankees are getting solid production out of the No. 2 hole, recently vacated by Gary Sanchez, who is out with a biceps strain. Thursday it was Aaron Hicks with two home runs and tonight Starlin Castro collected two hits including a game-tying homer.
To wrap things up, the Yankees backend of the bullpen trio of Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman are performing quite well this season. In 14 combined innings, they have allowed just two runs and struck out 22 batters.
The Yankees host the Cardinals again on Saturday at 1:05 pm.