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St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and 
knocked  in three runs to boost the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win over the St. 
Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. 

John  Ryan  Murphy tacked on  a two-run  base hit as  part of a four-run third 
inning. The Yankees added three more in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. 

"We had some big nights from a lot of guys," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. 
"Everyone contributed up and down the line." 

That  was  plenty of offense  to support Hiroki  Kuroda (4-3), who notched his 
first  road win  since July 25, 2013  at Texas. Kuroda scattered nine hits and 
gave  up  three runs in 5  2/3 innings to help  the Yankees win for the fourth 
time in five games. 

New York used four relievers to hold down the Cardinals. 

Shelby  Miller (6-4) was  pounded for nine hits and seven runs in five innings 
to lose his second straight start. 

Kolten  Wong  set a  career-high with  four hits and  drove in  a run, but the 
Cardinals  couldn't build on a 6-0 win Tuesday when Lance Lynn threw his first 
career complete game. 

The Cardinals actually had  the tying run at the plate with nobody out in the 
ninth  after Allen Craig singled and Yadier Molina walked, but David Robertson 
struck out the next three hitters to end the game. 

Ellsbury's  line hit  to right-center field plated Brett Gardner for the first 
run.  The Yankees then filled the bases before Murphy lined a single to right- 
center. Ichiro Suzuki followed with an RBI fielder's choice. 

Kuroda  avoided trouble  in the  bottom of  the third.  He gave  up a  pair of 
singles and then hit Craig to fill the bases, but Molina popped out to cap the 
inning. 

Ellsbury's  base hit to  center plated two more in the fourth. He stole second 
and scored on Brian McCann's single to right. 

"They  were just  on everything. You just  didn't see a lot of bad swings. The 
damage  was  done," Cardinals manager Mike  Matheny said. "I don't have a good 
explanation for it and I don't think he (Miller) does either." 

Daniel  Descalso  grounder to left  field scored Jon Jay  in the bottom of the 
fourth and Wong came home on Craig's groundout in the fifth for a 7-2 margin. 

Jhonny  Peralta scored  on Matt Carpenter's double to center in the sixth, but 
Dellin  Betances  escaped a  1st-and-3rd jam  when Matt  Holliday flied out to 
left to end the inning. 

Peter  Bourjos  flied out  to right  to strand a  runner at  third in the home 
seventh. 

Randy  Choate got a double-play ball to avoid a bases-loaded jam in the top of 
the  eighth,  and Wong made it  a three-run differential in the bottom portion 
with a single that scored Carpenter. 

                                   Game Notes 

Holliday,  who  singled in the  third, has reached base  safely in each of the 
first  24 games  at Busch  Stadium this  season ...  The Cardinals  outhit the 
Yankees,  13-12, but St.  Louis left 13 men on base ... Mark Teixeira was held 
out of New York's lineup for a fourth straight game due to inflammation in his 
right wrist ... McCann made his major league debut at first base. 

 
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