Cardinals spoil Montas’ debut; Devers homers in Red Sox loss

ESPN – Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong homered and drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 12-9 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals won for the seventh straight time, their most of the season, in a battle that lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes, the longest nine-inning game in the majors this season.

DJ LeMahieu homered for the Yankees, who have lost five straight. It’s his worst streak since a slump of seven last September.

St. Louis moved 12 games over .500, its best of the season, with its first regular-season series sweep of the Yankees.

New York still has the best record in the American League, but its lead in the AL East is down to 9 1/2 games over the Toronto Blue Jays, the first time it’s been in single digits since June 15.

For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 4-1 with a run scored.

For the Yankees, the Venezuelans Gleyber Torres 5-3 with two runs scored, Marwin González 4-0 with an RBI.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — MJ Melendez hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and drove in a career-high six runs to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 13-5 on Sunday.

Rookie Melendez hit a 406-foot drive from right field that ricocheted off fountains to give the Royals a 5-0 lead.

Meléndez is having an outstanding campaign after being recalled on May 3. He has hit 13 home runs on the year and has hit games with home runs four times on the season. He is fifth in home runs among rookies this season and just two behind teammate Bobby Witt Jr.

The 7-8-9 hitters, Michael Massey, Nate Eaton and Kyle Isbel, posted the best production going 9-6 with nine runs scored and five RBIs.

Brad Keller (6-12) had his 11th quality start of the season, pitching six innings, allowing one run on four hits, giving up three walks and striking out four.

For the Royals, the Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 5-0.

For the Red Sox, the Dominican Rafael Devers 5-1 with a run scored and an RBI. The Mexican Alex Verdugo 4-0.

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