ST. LOUIS — Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th inning after Brett Gardner’s leaping catch at the left-field fence helped save the New York Yankees in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win. Alfredo Aceves (1-2) worked two scoreless innings and David Robertson earned his 11th save in 12 chances.
Jon Jay had an RBI double in the 12th for the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in 12 games.
A standing-room crowd of 47,311, the third-largest at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, showed up to see an opponent making only its second appearance in St. Louis since losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series.
The enthusiasm did not appear to be dampened by a 61-minute weather delay, the threat of rain that did not materialize, before the first pitch.
Cardinals pitchers retired 20 of 21 batters before the 12th, when Randy Choate (0-2) faced five batters and four reached safely.
Jacoby Ellsbury got the rally started when he walked to lead off the inning and stole second, a call upheld after Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged. The Yankees loaded the bases on a hit batter and an intentional walk before Roberts’ go-ahead hit.
Yadier Molina slammed his helmet in frustration after Gardner came down with his drive at the top of the fence with a runner on and one out in the 11th.
Derek Jeter got a standing ovation before his first at-bat, and thousands stood again when he singled, although they also roared when he took a called third strike to end the eighth against Carlos Martinez after Molina’s pinpoint throw on Gardner attempting to steal.
Michael Wacha dealt with a rain delay for the fourth time in his 11 starts — total idle time of 4 hours, 52 minutes. After nine pitches the Yankees had the lead, with a walk by Gardner and a single by Jeter setting up Ellsbury’s RBI single.
The first three batters reached in a two-run fifth, too, with Kelly Johnson’s RBI single and Gardner’s sacrifice fly putting the Yankees up 3-1.
New York rookie starter Chase Whitley was vulnerable early, too. The Cardinals needed two at-bats to tie it in the first when Matt Carpenter tripled off the right-field wall and Kolten Wong doubled, but they missed a chance for more when Wong overslid third and was caught stealing for the first time in eight attempts this season.
RED SOX 8, BRAVES 6
ATLANTA — David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 Monday.
The defending World Series champions trailed 6-1 after the fourth inning of the interleague matchup, with starter Clay Buchholz walking a career-high eight in only three-plus innings.
But Ortiz tied it by hitting a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting “Papi! Papi!” the World Series MVP then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.
CUBS 8, GIANTS 4
SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first win since last August, snapping a 16-start winless streak for Chicago.
Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth.
Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs for the Giants, who had won four in a row.
PIRATES 5, METS 3
NEW YORK — Gaby Sanchez tagged the Mets again, hitting a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and a pinch-hit homer in the eighth that sparked Pittsburgh’s come-from-behind victory.
The Mets announced after the game that they had fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens. They also cut reliever Jose Valverde, who gave up Sanchez’s go-ahead hit.
MARLINS 3, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 15th home run and also doubled and singled in his latest power performance for Miami at Nationals Park.
Stanton doubled and scored in the first inning, then launched a long two-run homer in the third.
Stanton is hitting .333 (43 for 129) with 14 home runs and 27 RBIs in Washington since his career began in 2010. He has homered at Nationals Park more than any other visiting player during that time.
The Marlins improved to 7-17 on the road; they’re 20-8 at home.
PHILLIES 9, ROCKIES 0
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard had five RBIs and Kyle Kendrick pitched into the seventh inning to snap his 10-game losing streak for Philadelphia.
A day after Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter against the Phillies, leadoff man Ben Revere started with a single for the first of Philadelphia’s 12 hits.
ORIOLES 7, BREWERS 6
MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs and newly acquired Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore to victory in the interleague contest.
A’s 10, TIGERS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — Kyle Blanks homered in his home debut at the Coliseum, Derek Norris capped Oakland’s five-homer day with a grand slam and the Athletics ended a season-long four-game losing streak by routing Detroit 10-0 Monday.
Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson also homered.
MARINERS 5, ANGELS 1
SEATTLE — Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels.
WHITE SOX 6, INDIANS 2
CHICAGO — Conor Gillaspie hit three doubles while going 4 for 4, Dayan Viciedo had a three-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland.
Gillaspie scored twice and drove in a run. He became the first White Sox player with three doubles in a game since Paul Konerko on May 26, 2012, against the Indians.
Viciedo connected in the third inning against Josh Tomlin (3-2).
Jose Quintana (3-4) pitched six effective innings. Scott Downs got four outs for his first save.
RANGERS 7, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Tepesch won his second consecutive start, Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez each had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota.
Tepesch (2-0) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four to win consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
Alex Rios added two more hits and now has six straight multihit games.
Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost four in a row. Kevin Correia (2-6) took the loss.