In those seven wins Yankees starters have allowed only 14 earned runs over 48.1 innings, and ERA of 2.60. "Hopefully first of many", Montgomery said.
ATLANTA - Dansby Swanson hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and Atlanta, boosted by Freddie Freeman's two home runs, beat San Diego for a four-game sweep in its first series at SunTrust Park. He erased a leadoff single with a double play in the first, and he stranded a runner on third in the second inning after a ground-rule double and an error put the potential first run of the game on third base with one out. The 6-foot-6 lefty was an afterthought in spring training until he kept getting hitters out with his deceptive delivery and his arsenal of finesse pitches.
"Just went out there and kind of stayed within myself", said Montgomery, who pitched in the College World Series as a SC freshman.
Holland was tagged for 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings and fell to 1-7 with a 6.97 ERA against the Yankees.
Starlin Castro had three hits for NY, and Judge drove in three runs.
Starlin Castro doubled to center, and Chase Headley brought him home on a double to left that was misplayed by Tim Anderson to land Headley on third. NY has won its first seven home games for the first time since 1998. Aroldis Chapman earned the save for the Yankees, who scored five runs in the third inning en route to their eighth straight victory.
Derek Holland allowed no runs over 6.0 innings at Cleveland last Wednesday, the first time he prevented an opponent from scoring in any start since April 30, 2016.
"The thing is, you can look at it two different ways", Girardi said. "I have to adjust to that".
Holland and manager Rick Renteria both referred to the left-hander's gameplan to attack right-handed hitters inside. "So we got as many righties as we could today".
But there's been plenty for Girardi to like about his offense, also. Bird struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier missed his second game recovering from the flu. McEwing took on the task because Renteria was hobbled by knee inflammation. Since the shortstop started the season on the DL with a right shoulder problem suffered while playing second base for the Netherlands in the WBC, the Yankees haven't had their regular lineup for one game yet. The right-hander made 13 major league relief appearances previous year.
Tonight, it's Luis Severino's turn to keep the line moving as he gets the start against the White Sox, who turn to Miguel Gonzalez for the unenviable task of facing a team that is firing on all cylinders at the moment. Montgomery's seven strikeouts were the most by a Yankee in an Major League Baseball debut since Luis Severino in 2015 (also seven).