Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.
Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.
Jordan Montgomery (1-0) gave up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He had cruised through six scoreless innings, but allowed back-to-back singles and a three-run home run to Carlos Sanchez in the seventh inning before he was taken out of the game.
Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury combined to go 5-for-8.
The Yankees' starting pitching continues to shine during the eight-game winning streak. In just his second MLB start, Montgomery looked like a poised veteran. Montgomery had all his pitches working tonight, and until he tired in the seventh inning, he kept the White Sox off balance and off the board.
Montgomery wanted to lengthen tonight's start beyond his first and he succeeded. His next goal might be to keep the ball in the yard and extend himself further. In all, Montgomery seems like a pitcher who is long for the Yankees' rotation.
The Yankees are winning because they are getting contributions from various members of the roster. Tonight it was Montgomery, Holliday and Judge. If they win their ninth in a row Tuesday, it will likely be someone else providing the key performance.
Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) faces Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 4.22 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.