NEW YORK -- Matthew Holliday and Aaron Judge homered to support Jordan Montgomery's first Major League win and run the Yankees' winning streak to eight games in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.Holliday hit a three-run shot as part of a five-run third
NEW YORK -- Matthew Holliday and Aaron Judge homered to support Jordan Montgomery's first Major League win and run the Yankees' winning streak to eight games in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Holliday hit a three-run shot as part of a five-run third inning and Judge added a two-run drive in the fifth to support the rookie left-hander, who carried a shutout into the seventh inning.
"Our starting pitching has given us a chance to win and our young guys have played really well," said Holliday, whose first Yankee Stadium homer was measured at 459 feet by Statcast™. "We've found ways to win different ways, our starting pitching has kept us in games and our bullpen has been lockdown. It's been a good recipe."
Yolmer Sanchez's three-run homer chased Montgomery, who scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out four in his second turn as a member of the rotation.
"Hopefully the first of many," Montgomery said. "If we keep hitting like that, we're going to have a lot of wins."
White Sox starter Derek Holland was hammered for seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.
"That's a good ballclub over there. Don't ever take that away from them at all," Holland said. "It's eight games for them. It was a good game except for that one inning. You take that away and it's a different game. What it all comes down to, no matter what, is I have to make those adjustments."
Kevan Smith doubled home a run in the ninth inning off Adam Warren before Albertin Chapman recorded the final two outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
"They got us a little bit," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "And we still managed to get the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth."
The eight-game winning streak is the Yankees' longest since going 10-0 from June 8-18, 2012, while it is their longest April winning streak since winning eight straight from April 12-19, 2000.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Extra out, extra runs: Holland had a chance to escape unscathed in a five-run third, but with Pete Kozma on first and one out, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a slow roller that first baseman Jose Abreu couldn't handle cleanly. The would-be second out, ruled an infield hit, was followed by an Aaron Hicks grounder that would have ended the inning. Instead it was the second out followed by Holliday's titanic three-run blast to left.
"I just wanted to make the play quickly," Abreu said. "Once I tried to rush it, I messed up."
The Judge has ruled: The big-swinging rookie appeared to put the game out of reach in the fifth inning, connecting for a drive off Holland that traveled into the White Sox bullpen and nearly struck reliever Anthony Swarzak, who was warming up to enter the game. With four home runs in 12 games, Judge has already equaled the home run output from his 27-game cameo in the big leagues last season.
"That's what this team is about," Judge said. "It's about 25 guys pulling the same rope and getting the job done. We all know if one guy doesn't get it done, we've got 24 guys behind them to get the job done. It's been fun this year. We're all in and just waiting for tomorrow."
"It was great to see the offense do what it was doing. We have a strong ballclub all the way through. Rick has done a great job of getting us prepared. Chemistry-wise, it's unbelievable in this clubhouse. There are a lot of great things happening here." -- Holland
White Sox:Miguel Gonzalez makes his third start of the season after receiving a no-decision on Thursday against the Indians when he was unable to complete five innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He is 4-4 with a 3.80 ERA lifetime against the Yankees. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. CT.
Yankees:Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will look for another strong effort on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET as he takes on the White Sox in the second game of a three-game series. Severino recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in his last outing, picking up his first victory as a starter since Sept. 27, 2015.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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