Four-run eighth dooms Yanks

Four-run eighth dooms Yanks

at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, March 17

Yankees at the plate: Miguel Cairo, Jason Giambi and Russ Johnson all doubled, and Kelly Stinnett had a pair of base hits. Gary Sheffield's sac fly and Kevin Thompson's single brought home the two Yankees runs.

Cardinals at the plate: John Gall's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a tie and sent the Cardinals to the win, and Hector Luna followed it up with a two-run single for insurance. Deivi Cruz hit a solo home run, his first long ball (and third hit) of the spring. Yadier Molina singled twice, walked and drove in a run.

Yankees on the mound: Shawn Chacon worked out of trouble repeatedly, but ultimately had a decent result. Chacon gave up a run on five hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings. Scott Proctor breezed through two hitless innings of relief. Jose Veras was charged with all four runs in St. Louis' game-winning eighth-inning rally.

Cardinals on the mound: Jeff Suppan turned in his second consecutive solid start, allowing two runs over 4 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Carmen Cali got out of a tough jam in relief of Suppan in the fifth and totaled 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Grapefruit League records: Yankees 7-11; Cardinals 8-7-1.

Up next: Chris Carpenter pitches for the Cardinals against the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. Carpenter, who hasn't given up a run all spring, takes the mound against Baltimore's Bruce Chen at 1:05 p.m. ET. New York stays in Jupiter for a game against the Marlins. It will be Jaret Wright for the Yankees against Florida's Brian Moehler in what is also a 1:05 p.m. ET start.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.