Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs as the Cardinals rallied from an early three-run deficit for a 12-9 win on Sunday afternoon for the first three-game sweep of the Yankees in St. Louis’ storied history.
The Cardinals swept the rival Cubs and the Yankees on the six-game homestand and won for a seventh straight time. Combined with the Brewers’ home loss to the Reds, St. Louis leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.
Paul DeJong, the hero of Friday’s comeback victory over the Yankees, drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off New York’s Scott Effross to give the Cardinals plenty of cushion. Since returning last week from a 2 1/2-month stint in Triple-A, DeJong has three home runs, three doubles and 10 RBIs.
The game lasted four hours and 25 minutes — the longest nine-inning game in MLB this season. It was also the longest nine-inning game in the history of the current Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.