A strong start from Jordan Montgomery and a seven-run sixth inning leads the Yankees to a 9-1 win over the Blue Jays. << Box score
Jordan Montgomery pitched himself in and out of trouble over six strong innings as the Yankees get back to winning ways over the Blue Jays.
Aaron Judge put the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the third with a monster two-run home run. The Yankees are now 17-5 since July 28, 2017 in games when Aaron Judge homers, including 13-2 at home.
Montgomery kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when he gave up an RBI single to Steve Pierce. After the single, Toronto had runners on first and third with no outs but Montgomery was able to retire the next three batters without allowing either runner to score.
In the sixth inning, the Yankees created separation by plating seven runs. Didi Gregorius knocked an RBI single to get the party started then, four batters later, the red-hot Miguel Andujar stepped up with the bases loaded and smacked a bases-clearing double.
Ronald Torreyes and Judge added RBI singles and Brett Gardner registered a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 9-1. Every batter at least reached base for the Yankees during the game.
Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder combined to not allow a baserunner over the final three innings, each striking out two batters.
The Yankees now sit at 10-9, seven games behind the first-place Red Sox.
The Yankees needed a laugher after a discouraging performance Friday night. What matters more is what the Yanks do after it, especially with a chance to take the four-game series from the Blue Jays on Sunday.
The Yankees expectations for 2018 were soaring based on last season, in which it can be argued that the club overachieved. Take the Yankees' inconsistencies this season coupled with the huge surge by the AL East leading Red Sox and it is not hard to be disappointed by New York's overall start to the season.
Winning a game going away today and not falling flat the next day to gain a series victory is the key to building some momentum. At this point, the Yankees cannot concentrate on catching the Red Sox, but rather must work to string series wins together and hope that when they look up at the standings in a few weeks, they have gained some ground.
What's Next: The Yankees take on the Blue Jays on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.