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Montgomery magnificent as Yanks deny Reds

July 25, 2017

NEW YORK -- Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday night at Yankee

NEW YORK -- Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Relying heavily on his sinker and curveball, Montgomery faced the minimum through five innings before Scott Schebler broke up the no-hit bid with a double to right-center field, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,268. The rookie left-hander held Cincinnati to a run and two hits over 6 2/3 frames in an 85-pitch effort, securing his first win in five starts. 
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"This team's just trying to go out there and win every game," Montgomery said. "I'm trying to throw strikes and give it up to the defense and the bullpen to make the plays. They were outstanding tonight. I'm happy with it." 

New York's first run scored while the Reds turned their first triple play in more than two decades, with Todd Frazier sharply grounding to shortstop Jose Peraza to start a 6-6-3-3-5-6 sequence. Gregorius was tagged for the third out of the inning, but after Matthew Holliday crossed home plate.
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Gregorius lifted a sacrifice fly and Austin Romine knocked a run-scoring double off Reds rookie right-hander Luis Castillo, who permitted three runs and seven hits over five innings in an 86-pitch outing. 

"I thought he was aggressive. Had a nice mix of pitches," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "The Yankees took advantage. There were some pitches where he was trying to go in on lefties and it came back over the plate, and out on righties and it came back to the middle, and they squared them up pretty good. They were able to string together some hits and make some things happen to where they were able to score the three runs."
Cincinnati trimmed its deficit in the eighth as Billy Hamilton doubled in a run off Dellin Betances, but Gregorius answered with his 15th homer in the home half. Albertin Chapman worked a scoreless ninth for his 12th save. 

"I think I'm not missing any pitches, is basically what I think is going on," Gregorius said. "I think the whole trip, I was feeling good. Trying to stay consistent is the hardest part of the game. I'm trying to work on that and trying to be a better player."

One pitch, three outs: Frazier's first at-bat in pinstripes came with the bases loaded and none out, and it proved to be a memorable outcome for the former Cincinnati All-Star. Peraza fielded Frazier's liner on one hop, tagged second base to force out Chase Headley, then fired to Joey Votto at first base to retire Frazier. Gregorius had stopped in the baseline between second and third, and a pair of tosses between Eugenio Suarez and Peraza completed the Reds' first triple play since Sept. 12, 1995 (Jeff Branson to Bret Boone to Hal Morris).

"Brett Gardner was laughing at me," Frazier said. "I think somebody asked for the ball so they could have it. It was just unbelievable. You get into a hitter's count and away it goes. We got a run in, which helped, but at the same time, hopefully that doesn't ever happen again."
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Castillo was thrilled to be picked up. It was the first time he's been on the mound for a triple play.
"The first time in the big leagues, and at Yankee Stadium, wow!" Castillo said via translator Julio Morillo. More >

Gotta know when to hold 'em: Hamilton made a bid to tie the game in the eighth inning with his two-out double that went off right fielder Aaron Judge's glove, taking advantage of Betances' wild outing. Devin Mesoraco scored easily, but Zack Cozart's sore right quadriceps kept him from coming home from first base. With Cozart replaced at third base by pinch-runner Robert Stephenson, Adam Warren relieved Betances and struck out Suarez swinging, stranding two runners aboard.
"It was big," Warren said. "Just a lot of adrenaline going. You become a little numb, but that's what you live for. The crowd was behind me, so that made it even more of a hype moment."

Cozart was hurt trying to beat out a double play while batting just before Hamilton.
"There's no secret that I have an issue, so it's just a matter of just dealing with it and just playing and being smart about everything," Cozart said. "So I just tried to kick it into just a little too good of a gear, and it kind of grabbed on me. Then, of course, I have to run first-to-third on that one, which wasn't ideal." More >

The run-scoring triple play was the first in the Majors since May 27, 2006, when the Mariners' Kenji Johjima hit into one against the Twins at the Metrodome. The Yankees had not hit into a triple play since Sept. 27, 2011, when Russell Martin hit into one against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Reds: Homer Bailey (2-4, 8.56) will take the mound for the Reds in the 1:05 p.m. ET series finale on Wednesday. Bailey allowed two earned runs over six innings Friday, but took a 3-1 loss to the Marlins. He hasn't faced the Yankees since May 19, 2012, when he earned the win with 6 1/3 innings and three runs allowed.
Yankees:Luis Severino (6-4, 3.21) will try for his fourth straight quality start. The All-Star right-hander is coming off seven scoreless innings in a victory at Seattle on Thursday.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.