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Matt Carpenter returned to the city where he spent most of his MLB career on Friday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals staged a late game comeback. Beat the New York Yankees 4-3.

Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong drove in two runs with a double in the eighth inning. Carpenter’s return to St. Louis.

Yadier Molina (4) and Paul DeJong (11) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees on Aug. 5, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Yadier Molina (4) and Paul DeJong (11) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees on Aug. 5, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
(Dilip Viswanath/Getty Images)

Carpenter, who went 2-5 at the plate in the loss, received a standing ovation from the Cardinals crowd.

“So many emotions,” Carpenter, 36, said. “I’ve spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of great memories here. It’s definitely a special moment.”

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Before the game, Carpenter spoke to the media and had a hard time controlling his emotions when discussing his return to Busch Stadium.

New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter watches the St. Louis Cardinals dugout as he comes to bat in the first inning, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in St. Louis.

New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter watches the St. Louis Cardinals dugout as he comes to bat in the first inning, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“Just getting off the plane [Thursday] Night and coming back to St. Louis, that started it all for me,” Carpenter said, according to MLB.com. “My family stays here and I don’t see a lot of people. [Cardinals players] Still, but that definitely makes it harder. Very special memories.”

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Carpenter said there are many similarities between the Yankees and Cardinals organizations.

“You could make a case that they’re the New York Yankees of the National League,” Carpenter said of the Cardinals in a pregame news conference. “Combine that with the history of the organization and what it means to wear that jersey, it’s a pretty cool place to be.”

New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter tips his cap as he comes out to bat during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in St. Louis.

New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter tips his cap as he comes out to bat during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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New York got 5.1 innings from All-Star Nestor Cortes, who allowed just one hit and two runs. But Clay Holmes was tagged with the loss for the Yankees after allowing two eighth-inning runs.

“It’s not easy for us right now,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We had a lot of hits. I thought we hit the ball well. They made some good plays. I thought we had a lot of quality at-bats up and down, but just couldn’t put that backbreaker away.”

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Damage done Third place for New York in a rowIt will look to get back on track in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report