The Yankees hit three home runs and Jordan Montgomery tossed six scoreless innings en route to a 9-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. >> Box score
Montgomery allowed four hits while striking out six and walking one. He earned his first victory since July 25, which was also the last time he pitched at least six innings in an outing.
The Yankees were on their way to a shutout before Chasen Shreve allowed three runs in the ninth. Yankees manager Joe Girardi had seen enough, and sent Giovanny Gallegos out to finish the game and seal the win for New York.
Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird hit three-run homers and Todd Frazier added a two-run shot, while Jacoby Ellsbury had a double, RBI single and a stolen base. Ellsbury and Gregorius finished the game with three hits apiece for New York. Chase Headley extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Yankees are playing very good baseball at just the right time.
The Orioles are not exactly the stiffest competition, but the Yankees still have to perform on the field. Today they received a fine pitching performance and another strong offensive effort.
Montgomery could be leaping ahead of Jaime Garcia in the rotation should the club go back to a five-man crew going forward. Montgomery was quite effective against a solid offensive club and got through six scoreless innings, something Garcia has not been able to do.
The Yankees ripped three more homers as Gregorius and Frazier remained hot, while Bird is showing he might be getting into a groove. A healthy a productive Bird can be a certain boost for the Yankees in the postseason, whether he starts at first base or comes off the bench as a pinch hitter late in the game.
The Yankees and Orioles will return to action on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as Ubaldo Jiminez (5-10, 6.75 ERA) will face Sonny Gray (9-10, 3.17 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees on Sunday. Gray allowed two runs on eight hits against the Rays on Tuesday.