Bird breaks out, Yanks sweep Cards 9-3 for 7th straight

NEW YORK (AP) While the rest of the Yankees were off to a flying start at home, Greg Bird was still grounded in the batter's box.

He finally joined in the fun Sunday.

Bird busted out of his slump with a long home run that began a perfect night at the plate, and Michael Pineda pitched New York past the staggering St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 for its seventh straight victory.

''That's the Bird I know,'' teammate Aaron Judge said. ''That's what he did in spring training.''

Aaron Hicks also hit a homer and Judge was robbed of one by a fan in the bleachers , forcing the young Yankees bopper to settle for an RBI triple. New York chased Adam Wainwright (0-3) in the fifth and finished a three-game sweep that left St. Louis at 3-9, the worst record in the National League and its poorest start since 1988.

''It's an incredibly frustrating start to the season,'' the 35-year-old Wainwright said after his first career outing against the Yankees. ''I know Cardinal Nation is ready for me to get my act together, and I am, too.''

His cap cocked to the side, Pineda (2-1) permitted two runs over seven innings in a solid follow-up to his dominant outing last Monday. The right-hander retired his first 20 batters during New York's home opener and struck out 11 over 7 2/3 innings for an 8-1 victory against Tampa Bay.

The strong encore Sunday was particularly encouraging to the Yankees, yearning for a steady season from a talented pitcher who has been maddeningly inconsistent throughout his tenure with the team.

''It's important because you want him to keep going, and get some momentum,'' manager Joe Girardi said . ''He had a hard time doing that last year.''

Yadier Molina's leadoff homer in the seventh trimmed it to 4-2, but Pineda maintained his poise and retired the next three batters.

''After the second inning, I got more energy,'' he said. ''I'm working so hard to be consistent every five days.''

Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes, the bottom two batters in the order, each had a two-run double against reliever Miguel Socolovich during a five-run eighth. The late outburst sealed New York's sweep of an early interleague series between two of baseball's most successful and storied franchises.

Chase Headley, who also reached safely every time up, singled to start the second, and Judge hit a drive to deep right-center, where a fan reached out just next to the auxiliary scoreboard hoping to catch a home run. The ball popped out of the man's mitt and back into play, triggering a fan interference call by the umpires.

Following a replay review that lasted nearly three minutes, the ruling stood and Judge remained at third with an RBI triple - even though it appeared his shot would have easily cleared the fence if not for the eager fan.

''I think that was my first career triple,'' Judge said. ''So I don't mind it.''

Bird made all that moot for the Yankees when he sent Wainwright's next pitch way over the right-field wall and into the elevated bleachers for his first home run since Oct. 1, 2015, against Boston. The 24-year-old first baseman missed last season while recovering from shoulder surgery after hitting 11 homers in 46 games as a rookie in 2015.

Following an outstanding spring, Bird began the night 1 for 26 this season and hitless in his past 20 at-bats. But Girardi said before the game he saw some good signs Saturday and planned to keep the promising young slugger in the lineup.

''My timing was messed up,'' said Bird, who went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. ''Tonight, I really just tried to simplify and swing at strikes.''

Hicks added a solo homer off Wainwright in the fifth.

A BRONX TALE

Minus injured catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees have won their first six home games for the first time since opening 7-0 in the Bronx in 1998. The Cardinals are 0-6 at Yankee Stadium since Bob Gibson and Tim McCarver propelled them to a 10-inning victory in Game 5 of the 1964 World Series.

''We just got swept. I don't have a whole lot of positive in my mind right now. Just trying to figure out all the things we can get better at,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''We just know there's a whole different level of baseball we have.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: 1B Matt Carpenter was hit in the bare hand by Hicks' first-inning groundout and appeared to damage the nail on his right ring finger. A trainer worked on Carpenter, who initially had blood streaming all over his hand. He remained in the game.

Yankees: DH Matt Holliday (stiff lower back) sat out for the second consecutive day against his former team, denying him a chance to face good buddy Wainwright. Girardi said Holliday felt much better and he would be surprised if the veteran slugger wasn't available to play Monday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (0-1, 5.23 ERA) faces Pittsburgh RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 2.25) in the opener of a three-game series Monday night in St. Louis.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery makes his second major league start Monday night against Chicago White Sox lefty Derek Holland (1-1, 1.50 ERA).

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CardinalsSTL3-9
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YankeesNYY8-4
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  • W: M. Pineda (2-1)L: A. Wainwright (0-3)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina (1), NYY - A. Hicks (3), G. Bird (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF50100023.143.222.163.3850.0
A. Diaz SS50000005.245.245.490.7350.0
M. Carpenter 1B30100100.222.362.306.6672.0
S. Piscotty RF30100100.258.395.484.8792.0
M. Adams DH40000024.174.269.174.443-1.0
Y. Molina C31111010.229.310.343.6525.5
a- E. Fryer PH11100000.250.333.500.8333.0
J. Gyorko 3B31100110.250.323.500.8232.5
R. Grichuk LF40010012.182.217.364.5810.5
G. Garcia 2B40210012.333.529.333.8632.5
  • a-doubled for Molina in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF50000022.220.347.268.615-1.0
A. Hicks CF31221100.318.484.7731.2578.0
S. Castro 2B50200012.333.360.479.8391.5
J. Ellsbury DH30000113.310.356.429.784-0.5
C. Headley 3B22200200.410.531.6151.1466.0
P. Kozma SS0000-000.000.333.000.000-
A. Judge RF32110113.250.341.583.9256.5
G. Bird 1B32321100.138.265.310.57512.0
A. Romine C31220101.368.435.6321.0667.0
R. Torreyes 3B41120004.250.250.425.6755.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Fryer (2)
    • HR - Y. Molina
    • RBI - Y. Molina (6), R. Grichuk (7), G. Garcia
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Garcia
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Bird (2), A. Romine (2), R. Torreyes (2)
    • 3B - A. Judge
    • HR - A. Hicks (3), G. Bird
    • SF - A. Hicks
    • RBI - A. Hicks 2 (8), A. Judge (8), G. Bird 2 (2), A. Romine 2 (4), R. Torreyes 2 (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Hicks (2), J. Ellsbury
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Diaz, G. Garcia, M. Carpenter, Y. Molina
    • PB - Y. Molina (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Pineda, G. Bird, S. Castro
    • E - R. Torreyes
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Wainwright (L, 0-3)4.210442427.242.57-7.0
    M. Bowman1.10001100.000.752.5
    K. Siegrist1.000020010.382.001.0
    M. Socolovich0.03552009.000.00-10.0
    B. Cecil1.00000009.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pineda (W, 2-1)7.06221613.441.0025.0
    D. Betances (H, 3)1.01001101.692.001.5
    B. Mitchell1.01111102.082.000.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Pineda (W, 2-1)7.0
    D. Betances (H, 3)1.0
    B. Mitchell1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 98-59, M. Bowman 23-13, K. Siegrist 14-5, M. Socolovich 24-14, B. Cecil 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 6-1, M. Bowman 2-1, B. Cecil 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 23, M. Bowman 5, K. Siegrist 3, M. Socolovich 5, B. Cecil 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Mitchell
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 96-66, D. Betances 16-9, B. Mitchell 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 7-7, D. Betances 1-1, B. Mitchell 1-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 27, D. Betances 5, B. Mitchell 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CardinalsSTL3-9
    010000101380
    YankeesNYY8-4
    03001005X9131
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF50100023.143.222.163.3850.0
    A. Diaz SS50000005.245.245.490.7350.0
    M. Carpenter 1B30100100.222.362.306.6672.0
    S. Piscotty RF30100100.258.395.484.8792.0
    M. Adams DH40000024.174.269.174.443-1.0
    Y. Molina C31111010.229.310.343.6525.5
    a- E. Fryer PH11100000.250.333.500.8333.0
    J. Gyorko 3B31100110.250.323.500.8232.5
    R. Grichuk LF40010012.182.217.364.5810.5
    G. Garcia 2B40210012.333.529.333.8632.5
    Total3538313816-----
    • a-doubled for Molina in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF50000022.220.347.268.615-1.0
    A. Hicks CF31221100.318.484.7731.2578.0
    S. Castro 2B50200012.333.360.479.8391.5
    J. Ellsbury DH30000113.310.356.429.784-0.5
    C. Headley 3B22200200.410.531.6151.1466.0
    P. Kozma SS0000-000.000.333.000.000-
    A. Judge RF32110113.250.341.583.9256.5
    G. Bird 1B32321100.138.265.310.57512.0
    A. Romine C31220101.368.435.6321.0667.0
    R. Torreyes 3B41120004.250.250.425.6755.0
    Total31913927515-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Fryer (2)
      • HR - Y. Molina
      • RBI - Y. Molina (6), R. Grichuk (7), G. Garcia
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Garcia
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Bird (2), A. Romine (2), R. Torreyes (2)
      • 3B - A. Judge
      • HR - A. Hicks (3), G. Bird
      • SF - A. Hicks
      • RBI - A. Hicks 2 (8), A. Judge (8), G. Bird 2 (2), A. Romine 2 (4), R. Torreyes 2 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Hicks (2), J. Ellsbury
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Diaz, G. Garcia, M. Carpenter, Y. Molina
      • PB - Y. Molina (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Pineda, G. Bird, S. Castro
      • E - R. Torreyes
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Wainwright (L, 0-3)4.210442427.242.57-7.0
      M. Bowman1.10001100.000.752.5
      K. Siegrist1.000020010.382.001.0
      M. Socolovich0.03552009.000.00-10.0
      B. Cecil1.00000009.000.003.0
      Total8.01399752---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Wainwright (L, 0-3)4.2
      M. Bowman1.1
      K. Siegrist1.0
      M. Socolovich0.0
      B. Cecil1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (W, 2-1)7.06221613.441.0025.0
      D. Betances (H, 3)1.01001101.692.001.5
      B. Mitchell1.01111102.082.000.5
      Total9.0833381---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (W, 2-1)7.0
      D. Betances (H, 3)1.0
      B. Mitchell1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 98-59, M. Bowman 23-13, K. Siegrist 14-5, M. Socolovich 24-14, B. Cecil 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 6-1, M. Bowman 2-1, B. Cecil 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 23, M. Bowman 5, K. Siegrist 3, M. Socolovich 5, B. Cecil 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Mitchell
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 96-66, D. Betances 16-9, B. Mitchell 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 7-7, D. Betances 1-1, B. Mitchell 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 27, D. Betances 5, B. Mitchell 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Grichuk reached on fielder's choice to third, Fryer scored, Gyorko to second on 3rd baseman Torreyes fielding error39
      • 8TH INNING
        Hicks hit sacrifice fly to center, Torreyes scored29
        Torreyes doubled to deep left, Bird and Romine scored28
        Romine doubled to deep right center, Headley and Judge scored, Bird to third26
      • 7TH INNING
        Molina homered to left24
      • 5TH INNING
        Hicks homered to right14
      • 2ND INNING
        Bird homered to right center, Judge scored13
        Judge tripled to deep right center, Headley scored11
        Garcia singled to left center, Gyorko scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Mitchell Pitching:
        • E. Fryer: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fryer doubled to right
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Fryer to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk reached on fielder's choice to third, Fryer scored, Gyorko to second on 3rd baseman Torreyes fielding error
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to left
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Betances Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler popped out to third
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Carpenter singled to left center
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Carpenter to second
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Socolovich Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Headley walked
        • A. Judge: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Judge walked, Headley to second
        • G. Bird: Foul, Foul, Foul, Bird singled to right, Headley to third, Judge to second
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Foul, Romine doubled to deep right center, Headley and Judge scored, Bird to third
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes doubled to deep left, Bird and Romine scored
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gardner grounded out to first, Torreyes to third
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks hit sacrifice fly to center, Torreyes scored
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 8th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Molina homered to left
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk popped out to first
        • G. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Siegrist Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • S. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castro lined into double play first, Hicks out at first
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ellsbury walked
        • C. Headley: Ellsbury picked off at second, first to pitcher to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Piscotty lined out to center
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Bowman Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird walked
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Romine reached on fielder's choice to third, Bird out at second
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torreyes flied out to deep center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Garcia out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Hicks: Hicks homered to right
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to left center
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Castro out at second
        • C. Headley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Headley singled to right center, Ellsbury to second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ellsbury to third, Headley to second on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gyorko grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Headley walked
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Judge grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Headley out at second
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Bird doubled to deep right
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Torreyes grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Romine out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty flied out to deep center
        • M. Adams: Adams lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks singled to left
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gyorko singled to left
        • R. Grichuk: Strike (foul tip), Grichuk grounded out to pitcher, Gyorko to second
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to left center, Gyorko scored
        • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to right center, Garcia to second
        • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Headley singled to center
        • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Judge tripled to deep right center, Headley scored
        • G. Bird: Bird homered to right center, Judge scored
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine singled to left
        • R. Torreyes: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Torreyes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Romine out at second
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Pineda Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz lined out to center
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty reached on bunt single to second, Carpenter to second
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Adams struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to first
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to left
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury lined out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)