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Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Yankees 0

ST. LOUIS -- David Phelps lost in his hometown on another night the New York Yankees' bats did nothing. The Yankees are now four up and four down with one game remaining on this nine-game road trip.

Hometown heartache: Phelps pitched six innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out five and walked two. He threw OK in front of family and friends, but he took the loss. Most of his family and friends are St. Louis Cardinals fans, anyway.

Lanced: The Yankees' hitters went back to not hitting. Brian McCann and Roberts had doubles. The Yankees had three singles, as well. Lance Lynn is pretty good. It was the second time the Yankees have been shutout all season.

E-Third: In the third inning, the Yankees couldn't play defense, which was a large reason they were down four runs by the end of it.

Phelps wasn't that great either. He had allowed two singles before Matt Adams crushed a ground-rule double for the first run of the game. A second run scored on what should have been a groundout by Allen Craig. Derek Jeter's throw, though, was offline.

Kelly Johnson left the base to catch the ball and had a chance to tag Craig. Johnson did, but his momentum caused him to drop the ball. The error went to Johnson, though it could have gone to Jeter.

Following an intentional walk to Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta's grounder went underneath second baseman Brian Roberts' glove for another error. It appeared Roberts was thinking about tagging Craig for an inning-ending double play. Instead, he didn't lean down far enough, allowing two more runs to score.

So, just like that, the Yankees trailed 4-0.

Solo Shot: In the fifth, Craig went the opposite way to hit a homer just over Alfonso Soriano's attempt to steal a homer. Soriano gave it a good effort, but he was no Brett Gardner.

Jake the Snake: Phelps' first batter, Matt Carpenter, drilled a long drive to center. Jacoby Ellsbury sprinted back to the warning track to make a pretty sensational catch. By the way, Yankees manager Joe Girardi's nickname for Ellsbury is "Jake."

On-deck: The Yankees finish out this nine-game road trip when Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.55) takes on Shelby Miller (6-3, 3.18).