Cardinals rally for series-opening win in Matt Carpenter’s return to St. Louis
Matt Carpenter returned to the city where he has spent the majority of his MLB career Friday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals staged a late-game comeback to defeat the New York Yankees 4-3.
Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong drove in two runs with an eighth-inning double, souring Carpenter’s return to St. Louis .
Carpenter, who went 2-5 at the plate in the loss, received a standing ovation from the Cardinals’ crowd.
"A lot of emotions," Carpenter, 36, said.
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"Just stepping off the plane [Thursday] night and being back in St. Louis, that started it all for me," Carpenter said, according to MLB.com.
"My family will be here, and I haven’t seen many of the [Cardinals players] yet, but that will make it hard, for sure.
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"You could make a case they’re the New York Yankees of the National League," Carpenter said of the Cardinals in a pregame news conference.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMNew York got 5.1 innings from All-Star Nestor Cortes, who allowed just one hit and two runs.
But Clay Holmes was tagged with the loss for the Yankees after allowing the two eighth-inning runs.
I thought we had a lot of quality at-bats up and down, but we couldn’t get that backbreaker to put it away."