Game Report: Yankees 4, Cardinals 3

Jose Martinez gave the Cardinals something they haven’t had very often in the last five years against Aroldis Chapman – a chance.

The Cardinals failed to capitalize on Martinez’s pinch-hit double with two outs in the ninth, which followed a walk to Randal Grichuk, and fell to the Yankees Friday night in New York.

Grichuk was stopped at third on the hit, only the seventh by the Cardinals off Chapman in his last 30 1/3 innings since the start of the 2012 season. Dexter Fowler came up with the runners on second and third but grounded out to end the game.

The Cardinals have not scored a run off Chapman since September 2011, a streak compiled mostly when he pitched for the Reds before finishing last season with the Cubs. The save Friday night was his 30th in a row against the Cardinals.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals gave Michael Wacha a quick 2-0 lead when Aledmys Diaz beat out an infield hit with one out in the first and Matt Carpenter followed with his first homer of the season … They had just one hit, a double by Diaz, between the second and sixth innings before Grichuk’s double in the seventh scored Yadier Molina … Fowler was 0-for-5, falling to 6-for-40 to start the season, a .150 average … Two other struggling players, Jhonny Peralta and Kolten Wong, were both 0-for-3. Peralta’s average dropped to .130 while Wong is now hitting .148.

On the mound
: Wacha could not hold the lead in the bottom of the first when he walked the leadoff hitter and surrendered a two-run homer to Starlin Castro. Austin Romine hit a solo homer in the second to put the Yankees ahead 3-2 and they added another run in the sixth on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury, a double by Chase Headley and a throwing error by Wong … Wacha pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out eight … Matt Bowman and Kevin Siegrist each pitched a scoreless inning, with Siegrist having to pitch around two walks.

Key stat
: The double by Martinez was the seventh pinch-hit in nine at-bats in his short major-league career. Three of the hits have been doubles. … Martinez is 3-for-3 as a pinch-hitter this year, while the rest of the Cardinals are a combined 2-for-10 with the two hits coming from Greg Garcia and Adam Wainwright.

Worth noting
: Matt Holliday was the DH for the Yankees, hitting third. It was his first game against the Cardinals since May 8, 2008, when he was Colorado, a span of 3,264 days. He was 0-for-4 in the game, striking out three times … This is the Cardinals’ first series against the Yankees in New York since 2003, and their first in the new Yankee Stadium. It is only the fourth series between the two teams in the regular season …. The Cardinals fell to 0-4 in their two series against the Yankees in New York.

Looking ahead:
Game two of the series will be at 12:05 p.m. St. Louis time on Saturday, with Carlos Martinez pitching against C.C. Sabathia.