The Royals gained a late lead on Tuesday night in the Bronx, defeating the Yankees 6-2.>> Click here for the full box score
Montgomery (2-4) allowed just two hits while striking out six batters during his six innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 4.30. The bullpen, however, struggled to maintain the Yankees' lead, giving up six runs in two innings.
Solo homeruns from Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter provided an early 2-0 lead for the Yankees.
Montgomery surrendered a homer off of Lorenzo Cain in the top of the seventh, tightening the score to 2-1, and Jorge Bonifacio hit a home run that drove in Salvador Perez for a one run lead shortly after.
Home runs from Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas in the eighth inning increased the Royals' lead to 6-2.
Adam Warren (1-1, 2.96 ERA) suffered the loss.
The Yankees got everything they needed from Montgomery, but it was followed up by some incredibly awful bullpen work.
Montgomery handled the same Royals offense that knocked him for five runs in his last start, keeping them off the board until the seventh inning. Montgomery had all his pitches working tonight and was never threatened in the first six innings in what was his best effort since his call-up.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to the bullpen - a move I agreed with after Montgomery allowed a home run and a line drive out with Salvador Perez due up - but the relievers completely let the team down. Adam Warren, who has fallen on hard times, allowed the lead to vanish, while typically reliable relievers Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve also allowed home runs to widen the deficit.
The Yankees really need to get Aroldis Chapman back in the bullpen so that the rest of the relievers can go back to their rightful spots. Without Chapman, each reliever has moved up a slot and only Dellin Betances has truly managed to maintain his performance in a new role.
Luis Severino (2-2, 3.64 ERA) faces Jason Hammel (1-5, 6.20 ERA) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.