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What If... World Series game three

The Cardinals weren't able to keep their momentum after stunning the Yankees in game two in New York.

The bats fell silent in front of a boisterous St. Louis crowd as the Yankees scored a pair of runs in the top of the first and the Redbirds were never able to answer. St. Louis managed only five hits in a 3-1 loss that put them behind in the series, two games to one.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter doubles to left field to lead off the game then scored on a looping double to right off the bat of Mark Teixiera. Alex Rodiriguez singled to right center to drive Teixeira home to stake the Yankees to a 2-0 advantage after one frame.

New York made it 3-0 in the third when left fielder Johnny Damon tripled to lead off the inning and was singled home by catcher Jorge Posada.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed five hits in six innings to get the win, meanwhile Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro was bombed for 10 hits in five innings and allowed all three earned runs to take the loss.

The Cardinals biggest threat came in the sixth inning when centerfielder Colby Rasmus singled to center to lead off the inning and first baseman Albert Pujols followed him with a single of his own. With two on and no one out, left fielder Matt Holliday flied out to center. Right fielder Ryan Ludwick singled to score Rasmus and cut the deficit to 3-1. But catcher Yadier Molina popped out to left and third baseman Mark DeRosa grounded out to his counterpart to end the inning.

2009 Yankees   3   12   0

2009 Cardinals  1    5   0

WP Andy Pettitte (1-0)

LP Joel Pineiro (0-1)

S  Mariano Rivera (2)

Yankees lead series 2-1.