The Yankees snapped their seven-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Click here for a full box score.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. He lowered his season ERA to 3.74.
The Yankees got on the board in the second when Didi Gregorius ripped a two-run homer for his eighth long ball of the year. After a Matt Holliday solo home run in the fifth, the Yankees added three an inning later on Austin Romine's two-run double and Aaron Hicks' RBI single.
New York scored two more in the eighth on singles from Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.
Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth, but the Angels added two runs in the ninth off Tyler Clippard. Aroldis Chapman recorded the final three outs in a non-save opportunity.
Besides breaking the seven-game losing streak, there was a lot to like in this game.
It begins with a fine starting job by Montgomery, whose lone mistake was a two-run homer. Beyond the homer, Montgomery held the Angels lineup in check, never truly getting into a heap of trouble.
While the appearance did not finish as a high leverage one, Chad Green came on with a one-run lead and closed out the top of the sixth inning. He then threw a scoreless seventh. Green has the ability to succeed in high-leverage situations with his best two pitches, and he can ramp up his fastball.
Finally, the Yankees offense sprung to life behind Romine and Holliday, ensuring another Clippard meltdown could not take down the team.
The Yankees close out their series with the Angels on Thursday night at 7:05. Luis Severino (5-2, 2.99 ERA) gets the ball and will oppose Jesse Chavez (5-7, 4.85 ERA)