Jordan Montgomery was solid in his Major League debut while Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rays, x-x, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. >> Click here for a full box score.
The Yankees trailed 3-0 before scoring eight runs in the next three innings. Their first two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Judge went x-for-x and tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth. He added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the season.
Montgomery struck out the first two batters he faced and then issued a walk and a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Brett Gardner left the game in the seventh after a scary collision with Weeks at first base.
Chase Headley went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Aaron Hicks drove in two runs without getting a hit and Jacoby Ellsbury delivered an RBI single in the Yankees' four-run seventh.
New York's bullpen limited the Rays to one run over the final 4 1/3 innings.
Montgomery made one mistake - Weeks Jr.'s home run - otherwise he looked as comfortable as one can expect in a major league debut. Montgomery utilized all four of his pitches and was generating swing and misses on each one throughout the contest.
Montgomery certainly pitched well enough to get another start and settle concerns anyone had about the Yankees' selection for the fifth starter. Montgomery will make his next start against the White Sox, in which the 24-year-old will look to lengthen his appearance, and keep the mistakes in the yard.
As for the rest of the game, the Yankees were basically handed this one by the Rays after spotting Tampa a three-run lead. Poor pitching and bad defense hurt Tampa in the fifth and sixth innings and the Yankees managed a couple of timely hits. Aaron Judge, who continues to show he has changed his hitting mechanics for the better, drove in the game-tying run and then delivered a home run for the third straight game.
It wasn't especially pretty, but each win looks the same in the standings.
The Yankees (4-4) will try to move over .500 and sweep the Rays (5-4) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.