Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in seven strong innings while Tyler Austin hit his first home run of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score
Montgomery (6-4) allowed one run and five hits in what matched the longest outing of his career. After allowing back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third inning, he settled down to retire the next nine batters consecutively.
New York scored three runs in the fourth inning on an Austin sac fly, Chase Headley RBI single and Ronald Torreyes sac fly that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.
Austin's one-out solo home run in the sixth inning made it 4-1, and the Yankees added two more runs in the inning on an Austin Romine sac fly and an error by White Sox first baseman Matt Davidson.
The Yankees led 6-1 entering the ninth before Chasen Shreve allowed a three-run home run to Tim Anderson. Chicago had the game-tying run on second base with one out, but Aroldis Chapman got Avisail Garcia to ground out and Todd Frazier to fly out to end the game.
David Holmberg (1-2) gave up six runs (two earned) and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The White Sox took a 1-0 lead on Frazier's second-inning home run.
Starlin Castro left the game in the third inning with a strained hamstring.
Montgomery has completely settled into the Yankees rotation and quietly has put together the team's best performance among starters this month.
Not only did Montgomery stifle a two-game losing streak; he managed to throw seven innings to aid an extremely tired bullpen. Montgomery allowed another early home run, but he was able to push it aside and twirl one of his best efforts of the season.
Including Monday's performance, Montgomery has hurled 31 1/3 innings in June and generated a 2.59 ERA with a .211 batting average against in the process. Montgomery has won four of his five starts this month, striking out 31 and walking just eight batters.
Montgomery's emergence surely allows the Yankees to think about using other starting pitchers in the system as trade bait should the team decide to be buyers this summer.
Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA) faces Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69 ERA) in the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field.