The lefty did not get a decision in the Cubs' 6-4, 10-inning win over the Dodgers, but he was pleased with the outing, especially how he finished the fifth inning by striking out Reddick and Chase Utley to strand two.
"In my mind, that was a win to keep it close," Montgomery said. "Obviously, I expect more and to perform better, but I think under the circumstances, you go out and battle, you have to be happy with it. To give your team a chance to win is the name of the game for a starter."
It was a homecoming for Montgomery, who grew up in nearby Mission Hills, Calif. He had nearly 50 friends and family at the game, his first as a pro at Dodger Stadium. Montgomery had pitched at the ballpark during a showcase event, but there were 20 scouts in the stands at that time. On Friday, there were 48,609.
"I treated this like another game, but being from here, it's a different feeling," Montgomery said. "It was fun and exciting. It's cool, being from here, and going to games here and growing up here, it's the team that you grew up watching. It was fun."
He even successfully bunted and got to run the bases, scoring on Anthony Rizzo's single in the fifth.
"That was my first ever bunt attempt," he said. "I'd had seven at-bats since high school."
Montgomery is subbing for John Lackey, who is on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, but should be eligible after Sept. 1. Lackey was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Montgomery will stay in the rotation for now, and his next start will be Wednesday against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.