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ST. LOUIS -- Four years ago, Scott Seabol popped out in his only major league at-bat with the New York Yankees. On Sunday, he beat the team that picked him in the 88th round of the 1996 draft with his first career home run.
Seabol's two-run, pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning provided the go-ahead run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the sputtering Yankees.
"I'm just looking for a pitch I can take a good swing at and hit it hard," Seabol said. "Fortunately, I kind of did both. I couldn't be happier."
Seabol, 30, had a little extra adrenaline for the Yankees, saying "I'd be lying if I said I didn't."
Yankees manager Joe Torre vaguely recalled Seabol.
"We had him for a handful of days," Torre said. "We knew he was strong, we knew he could do what we saw him do today. We just made a bad pitch."
The Cardinals concluded a high profile week by taking two of three from the Yankees, New York's fifth straight series loss, after taking two of three from the Red Sox in a World Series rematch.
"I don't think that anybody that watched us play the two series had any problem with how we went about it," manager Tony La Russa said. "We just played as hard as we could and the coaches and I, we have no complaints."
Randy Johnson's strong outing helped the Yankees win the middle game on Saturday, but the Cardinals haven't lost two straight games since May 6-7.
Eighth-place hitter Yadier Molina had three hits and scored twice, and singled ahead of Seabol's homer on the first pitch he saw from Tanyon Sturtze (1-1) with one out in the seventh. Seabol hit his first homer in 37 career at-bats for a 3-2 lead.
Jim Edmonds added a two-run double to help the Cardinals win for the 18th time in 21 interleague games dating to 2003. Ray King (1-1) gave up the go-ahead run on Hideki Matsui's single in the seventh but retired Bernie Williams for the final out of the inning.
The Yankees wasted a strong outing by Carl Pavano and wrapped up a dismal 3-9 trip that dropped them two games below .500. Jorge Posada homered, and Alex Rodriguez and Matsui each drove in a run for the Yankees, who have lost 11 of 14 overall despite a payroll of more than $200 million.
Torre summed up the trip as: "Terrible, I guess."
"We won three games and tried to build on it but we really couldn't put anything together," he said. "And if we're expecting to get back into the middle of it and get our confidence back, we need to start stacking some wins."
New York also lost Matsui, its iron man outfielder, with a right ankle injury in the seventh. Matsui slipped and fell while chasing Edmonds' double and had to be assisted from the field by Torre and a team trainer, although he walked without a limp.
"I should be OK," Matsui said through an interpreter. "They took X-rays and everything was negative so everything should be fine."
Matsui has played in 387 consecutive games since joining the Yankees and has a streak of 1,637 games counting his time with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.
Pavano, who had lost his previous three starts, worked six innings and gave up one run on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Cardinals starter Matt Morris had a similar line, also giving up a run on six hits in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
Both teams had failed rallies in the sixth. The Yankees had runners on second and third before Albert Pujols made a diving stop to his left on a smash by Pavano and then beat him to the bag for the third out. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom half before Reggie Sanders grounded into a double play.
Molina doubled and scored on David Eckstein's RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the third to put the Cardinals ahead. The Yankees tied it on consecutive two-out hits in the fifth, a single by Tony Womack and Rodriguez's double.
Posada hit his eighth homer, and first since May 24, off Julian Tavarez in the eighth to cut the gap to 5-3.
Jason Isringhausen worked the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.
|Albert Pujols slides under Jorge Posada's tag to score in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.295|
|Tony Womack, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.323|
|Hideki Matsui, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.270|
|Russ Johnson, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Bernie Williams, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.239|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||.234|
|Tino Martinez, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.286|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.256|
|Carl Pavano, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|Tanyon Sturtze, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Stanton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ruben Sierra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Stanton in the 8th|
|2B - Derek Jeter (9, Reyes), Alex Rodriguez (11, Morris), Robinson Cano (11, Morris)|
|HR - Jorge Posada (8, Tavarez)|
|RBI - Alex Rodriguez (56), Hideki Matsui (41), Jorge Posada (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (24), Hideki Matsui (13)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Pavano-Cano-Giambi, Jeter-Cano-Giambi|
|New York Yankees|
|Tanyon Sturtze (BS,2; L,1-1)||0.2||3||4||4||1||0||1||3.41|
|HBP - Walker (by Carl Pavano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 95-56, Tanyon Sturtze 15-10, Mike Stanton 8-5, Tom Gordon 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 9-5, Tanyon Sturtze 1-1, Mike Stanton 1-0, Tom Gordon 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 24, Tanyon Sturtze 6, Mike Stanton 2, Tom Gordon 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.304|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.328|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||3||0||2||2||1||0||0||.285|
|Larry Walker, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.249|
|Reggie Sanders, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.265|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Mabry, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Matt Morris, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.087|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Seabol, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.250|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|So Taguchi, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|a-homered for King in the 7th|
|2B - Jim Edmonds 2 (17, Pavano, Stanton), Larry Walker (12, Pavano), Yadier Molina (7, Pavano)|
|HR - Scott Seabol (1, Sturtze)|
|SH - Matt Morris (3)|
|RBI - David Eckstein (20), Jim Edmonds 2 (39), Scott Seabol 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (20)|
|SB - David Eckstein (5, 2nd base off Sturtze/Posada), Mark Grudzielanek (6, 2nd base off Pavano/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Reggie Sanders (1, misplayed ball)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ray King (W,1-1)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.31|
|Julian Tavarez (H,15)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||2.84|
|Jason Isringhausen (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.77|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 98-59, Al Reyes 9-6, Ray King 7-4, Julian Tavarez 12-9, Jason Isringhausen 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 7-6, Julian Tavarez 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Morris 27, Al Reyes 3, Ray King 2, Julian Tavarez 4, Jason Isringhausen 3|
|Attendance - 50372|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Joe Brinkman|