New York Yankees Ride Stellar Start By Jordan Montgomery To 4-2 Win
Jul 25, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a phenomenal start by Jordan Montgomery, the New York Yankees were able to take home their fourth win in five games with a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Cincinnati Reds: 2 (41-59)
  • New York Yankees: 4 (52-46)
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Despite some late-inning shakiness by Dellin Betances, the New York Yankees kicked off their nine-game homestand with a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium thanks to a quality start by Jordan Montgomery.

The 24-year-old picked up six strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work while allowing just one run on two hits and one walk. He was removed in the seventh inning after serving up a single to Adam Duvall, but new addition Tommy Kahnle picked him right up by getting Scooter Gennett to fly out to center field, ending the threat.

However elite New York’s ‘pen is, however, Betances got into trouble in the eighth inning. The 6-foot-8 righty walked Devin Mesoraco on four pitches before walking Scott Schebler. He then recorded the second out by getting Zack Cozart to ground into a force out, but Billy Hamilton ripped a RBI double to deep right to make it 3-2 Yankees and knick Betances out of the game.

Adam Warren was called upon to clean up the mess and did just that by fanning Eugenio Suarez with a 3-2 slider. He has now recorded 40 strikeouts over 41 innings in 2017, posting an overall ERA of 1.98.

In need of a key insurance run before Aroldis Chapman attempted to record his 12th save of the season, Didi Gregorius fought off four pitches by Michael Lorenzen and smacked a solo-blast into the Yankee bullpen for his 15th home run of the season.

New York’s flame-throwing closer then sent the Reds down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, securing the Yankees 52nd win of the season and moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East in the loss column (46).

Young Stud: 

With six strikeouts on Tuesday night, Montgomery finished his night with an overall strikeout total of 99 in 2017. That’s the third-most by a Yankee left-handed starting pitcher within his first 19 games Only Dave Righetti (105) and Al Downing (103) have fanned more batters to kick off their careers.


Todd Frazier joined the Yankees in part of a seven-player swap with the Chicago White Sox and in his first at-bat in the Bronx, the righty grounded into a triple play with the bases-loaded.

Frazier ripped a sharp grounder to Reds’ shortstop Jose Peraza, who took it to the second base bag himself for the first out before throwing over to Joey Votto for a 4-3 double play. Votto then caught Didi Gregorius in a rundown and finished with a tag-out by Peraza.

Thankfully for Frazier, it wasn’t all bad. Matt Holliday, who hit a lead-off single, scored before Didi was tagged out.

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This Day In Yankees History:

On July 25, 2015, Alex Rodriguez became the oldest player in Yankees’ history to hit three home runs in a single game. This feat came in an 8-5 win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field and featured a game-tying solo bomb in the top of the ninth inning.

What’s Next: 

The Yankees and Reds will go at it yet again on Wednesday night, closing out their brief two-game series in the Bronx.

Luis Severino will get the starting nod in what will be his 20th start of the season. The 23-year-old is coming off an outing in which he registered seven scoreless frames en route to snapping a six-start win drought. He allowed just one earned run in 14 innings in his two starts on the recent road trip including a current 11.0-inning scoreless streak.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and could be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network (out of market only) or on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.