Carpenter drew a standing ovation on his first visit to the city where he played 11 seasons, then earned a two-hit. Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also had two hits each for the Yankees, leading Donaldson in two as New York built a 3-2 lead.
“Lots of feelings,” Carpenter said. “I spent a lot of time here. I have so many great memories here. It was definitely a special moment.”
The cardinals erased the deficit in the eighth. Nolan Arenado hit a single, and Tyler O’Neal worked a duet outing on the full count.
“Hats off to Nolan and TO to get to the base to give me the chance,” DeJong said. “Earlier in the year, I may have feared an opportunity like this, but now I’m grateful for an opportunity like this.”
DeJong, who played his sixth game since being called up from Triple-A, doubled right against All-Star Clay Holmes (5-3) to score both sprinters.
All four of DeJong’s hits since his comeback were for extra bases.
“I am really happy to be back here and contributing,” DeJong said. “I’m glad I had the opportunity.”
Rookie Andre Palente (5-4) comfortably threw four goal-free runs. He threw three hits with two rackets. He made 65 shots.
Ryan Helsley got his 10th save when he scored the ninth. Carpenter retired to the ground to finish the match on close play at the start.
The Cardinals, who scored only four times per game, won the season’s highest five years in a row. St. Louis extended its winning streak at home to six matches.
The Yankees lost three games in the season. They lost for the fourth time when they drove after seven runs.
“It’s not easy for us now,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We had a lot of hits. I thought we hit the ball really well. They put in some really good plays. I thought we had a lot of quality hits up and down, but we couldn’t get that backbreak to put it away.”
New York rookie Nestor Curtis threw 5 innings 1/3 before lifting him up after a walk. Curtis, who featured in the All-Star Game last month, allowed a one-hit and two-run. Walked fours with four strokes.
Carpenter, a three-time star with the Cardinals, received a 45-second standing ovation before his first hit. He raised his hat to the masses and then to the lair of the cardinals. Carpenter managed to hit the 0.262 with the 155th Homer and the 576th RBI with the St. Louis from 2011-21.
“You can make a case that they’re New York Yankees from the National League,” Carpenter said at a pre-game press conference about the Cardinals. “Just combine that with the history of the organization and what it means to wear this shirt, well, it’s a very cool place.”
ROSTER . MOVES
Yankees: RHP Luke Bard demanded a waiver of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and appointed him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Bard, 31, went 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in eight relief games for the Rays this season.
Cardinals: INF Kramer Robertson demands revocation of waivers from the New York Mets and his option to Triple-A Memphis. …RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) was removed from the 15-day to 60-day casualty list. … RHP James Naile has been selected for Triple-A Memphis.
Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo (tight lumbar) was knocked out of the starting lineup before the match started. He missed four matches last month with the same problem. Rizzo has 27 Homers this year.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a Bullpin session on Saturday with shooting coach Mike Maddox watching. If all goes well, he could be cleared of a minor league rehab job next week. … of Juan Ypez (forearm strain) he started swinging and throwing. Triple-A’s rehab job is still a possibility.
Yankees: Domingo German (1-1, 6.38) started last Monday against Seattle and scored his first win of the season when he played 5 1/3 innings. He missed his first 93 games of the season due to right shoulder impingement syndrome. Saturday starts against St. Louis.
Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery (3-3, 3.69) faces his former teammates five days after he traded St. Louis quarterback Harrison Bader.