Game Report: Yankees 9, Cardinals 3

Adam Wainwright’s struggles continued Sunday night. So did the rest of the Cardinals.

Wainwright could not get through the fifth inning, allowing four runs on 10 hits, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the weekend series in New York that dropped the Cardinals to 3-9 to start the season.

It’s the first time the Cardinals have lost nine of their first 12 games since 1988 and the first time they have been six games under .500 since the final day of the season in 2007.

In his three starts this season, all losses, Wainwright has yet to record an out in the sixth inning. This is the first time in his career he has allowed 10 or more hits in consecutive games.

A three-run second inning included a two-run homer by Greg Bird. Aaron Hicks added a solo shot in the fifth before the Yankees broke the game open with five runs in the eighth off Miguel Socolovich, who failed to retire any of the five batters he faced.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Greg Garcia before the Yankees rallied in the bottom of the inning … Garcia also singled in the fifth, the only hit for the Cardinals between the second and seventh innings, when Yadier Molina led off the inning with his first homer of the year … They only trailed 4-2 in the eighth and had runners on first and second with two outs on a single and walk before Matt Adams struck out … Dexter Fowler was 1-for-5, which actually raised his average to .143 … The other Cardinals in the lineup hitting below .200 were Adams (.174) and Randal Grichuk (.182).

On the mound: Wainwright’s ERA for the season rose to 7.24. He walked two and struck out four. In his 13 2/3 innings this season, he has allowed 24 hits and six walks … Matt Bowman relieved Wainwright and prevented further damage by getting an inning-ending strikeout with runners on first and second … Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless inning despite walking two batters … The Cardinals allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in six of the eight innings … The Cardinals have not recorded a save in the first 12 games, the first time that has happened since 1980.

Key stat: Since the start of last season, Wainwright has now allowed 80 earned runs in 103 1/3 innings on the road, an ERA of 6.97.

Worth noting: The five runs off Socolovich left the bullpen with a combined ERA of 7.26 so far this season, with 28 earned runs allowed in 34 2/3 innings … Molina’s homer was his first against the Yankees. He has now hit at least one homer against 23 of the 29 teams he has played against … Seven of the Cardinals’ 11 homers this season have come with nobody on base.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will be back in St. Louis for a brief three-game series against the Pirates, beginning with a 6 p.m. game on Monday night. Lance Lynn will get the start against Ivan Nova.