05/11 21:15 CDT Montgomery goes 6 strong innings, Yankees beat Rays 3-1
Montgomery goes 6 strong innings, Yankees beat Rays 3-1
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) --- Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings,
Aaron Judge and Gary Snchez homered, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa
Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night.
About two hours before the start, it was announced that Yankees third base
coach Phil Nevin is away from the team after a positive COVID-19 test.
The Yankees beat Tampa Bay for just the second time in seven games this season.
The AL champion Rays had won 18 of the last 23 meetings, including a five-game
victory in last year's Division Series.
New York slugger Luke Voit went 0 for 3 in his first game this season. The
major league home run leader last year with 22, he was reinstated from the
10-day injured list after having knee surgery on March 29.
Voit was hit by a pitch around the right wrist in the fourth inning and had a
flyout to the right-field wall in the seventh.
Montgomery (2-1) gave up one run, two hits, walked one and tied a career high
with nine strikeouts. After Jonathan Loaisiga worked two innings, Aroldis
Chapman got three outs to get his eighth save and complete a three-hitter.
Chapman had an eventful ninth, including a visit by a trainer. Austin Meadows
reached on shortstop Gleyber Torres' error, but Snchez later threw out the
Rays DH attempting to advance to second. The lefty also walked one and struck
Judge started in right field after being rested Sunday and hit a first-pitch,
first-inning solo homer off Luis Patio (1-1). Judge, who entered with two hits
in his previous 24 at-bats, has been dealing with what manager Aaron Boone is
calling "lower leg stuff."
Snchez made it 3-1 with his shot in the seventh off Josh Fleming. It was his
second homer in three games after a career-high tying 18-game homerless streak.
Mike Zunino connected on a 472-foot solo drive in the third for the Rays. It
was the fourth longest homer in MLB this season, behind Yermin Mercedes (485
feet), Ronald Acua Jr. (481 feet) and Marcell Ozuna (479 feet).
Patio allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
The Rays designated INF-OF Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. The former Japanese
star hit just .167 with five RBIs this season.
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks was a late scratch with a bruised right shin. He fouled
a pitch off it in the eighth inning Sunday against Washington. ... 3B Gio
Urshela (sore left knee) returned to the lineup and singled in four at-bats.
Rays: GM Erik Neander said CF Kevin Kiermaier, who sprained his left wrist
sliding into second base Saturday, has no broken bones or ligament damage. ...
1B Ji-Man Choi (arthroscopic right knee ) could be back in the next couple days.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.61 ERA) will start Wednesday night's game. The
Rays have not announced their starter. Cole is 3-0 in four postseason starts
against Tampa Bay but is 0-4 over eight regular-season appearances.
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