Yanks beat White Sox for 8th in row

Posted April 20, 2017

They made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, but one run definitely wasn't enough.

RED SOX 4, RAYS 3: Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead, two-run single as Boston scored three unearned runs following a dropped throw by second baseman Brad Miller, and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in the annual Patriots' Day game at Boston.

WHITE SOX KEY TRENDS: The White Sox have won five of their last seven road games and are 5-2 in their last seven games overall after beating the Yankees last night.

Aaron Judge added a two-run drive to chase Derek Holland (1-2) with the score 7-0 in the fifth. NY has rebounded from a 1-4 start with its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in June 2012.

Almost five years later, Montgomery found himself on the mound Monday night at Yankee Stadium with the Yankees off to their best start in seven years and dealing with the pressure of facing major league hitters. After Jose Abreu was unsuccessful at bunting on his own, Garcia sent a 2-0 slider well over the left-center field wall for his third home run and second and three games.

Johnson (1-0), promoted Tuesday morning from Triple-A Pawtucket, gave up four runs and seven hits and struck out six in five innings. Leading the way heading into Tuesday was Avisail Garcia with 21 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI.

A few mistakes and it could all end for Montgomery and his team.

Tonight, for instance, Starlin Castro is hitting cleanup for only the second time this year and 18th time in 164 games as a Yankee, but Girardi is confident in Castro - and everyone - no matter the order. Tyler Saladino out at second.

The Rangers' shaggy-haired right-hander allowed one hit and one walk, retired the final 14 batters he faced and finished with eight strikeouts - one shy of his career high. However, Matt Holliday hit a grounder right on the screws to SS Tim Anderson for a quick double play. Judge's home run is the third-longest in Yankee Stadium history also behind a 462-foot home run by Matt Holliday, according to Statcast. Holland fell to 1-7 against the Yankees by allowing seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. With a little help from Miguel Gonzalez and Avisail Garcia, the White Sox looked unstoppable.

"Our starting pitching has been tremendous, starting last Sunday with CC (Sabathia), and it's just continued", manager Joe Girardi said. "Last time, he went through everything a little boy dreams about when he dreams of playing baseball, but he got through it fairly successfully, and he's had a chance to get more comfortable with his surroundings, so he should be a little more relaxed tonight". He threw just 88 pitches - needing three in the seventh despite Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff bunt single.

Hicks got his first-career pinch-homer in the eighth inning.

As it stands today, the White Sox currently own a almost even 6-5 record while now sitting in third-place in the American League Central division. RHP Juan Minaya (right abdominal strain) is throwing batting practice and could start a rehab assignment in the next week. He returned Saturday but left that game early with recurring symptoms. Bench coach Joe McEwing went to the mound and removed Holland. Renteria (knee inflammation) said he was down to using one crutch and will have an MRI.