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Jordan Montgomery enjoys Yankees’ run support in latest strong start


TORONTO — Jordan Montgomery spent the higher a part of last season and early this season pitching well without much run support from his teammates.

The Yankees are making up for it in a rush.

The way in which he’s pitching, Montgomery hasn’t needed many of the runs the Yankees have been scoring for him currently, but he wasn’t complaining after a 12-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

“I wouldn’t say I ever get used to it, but I like it,” Montgomery said with a chuckle.

The left-hander did his part, limiting a potent Blue Jays lineup to 2 runs on three hits and a walk over six strong innings while striking out five. And even after he briefly lost control within the second inning to permit the Blue Jays to take a 1-0 lead, his offense had his back to permit him to breathe a bit of easier late in his outing.

The Yankees scored greater than six runs for Montgomery just 4 times in his 30 starts during 2021, but they’ve eclipsed that mark 4 times in his past five starts.

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“Just get on the market and get back as fast as I can in order that they can keep hitting,” Montgomery said.

After his latest strong outing, Montgomery now has a 2.72 ERA through 13 starts. He has been especially effective over his past five starts, going six innings or more in each of them and never allowing greater than two runs.

“I’m beginning to get really comfortable moving on the mound,” Montgomery said. “Capable of consistently throw two-seamers down and away, especially even in fastball counts, throwing two-seamers aggressively and getting ground balls and letting the defense work.”

Montgomery hit Alejandro Kirk with a pitch to steer off the second inning, then walked Teoscar Hernandez on 4 pitches. But he retired the subsequent two batters, and even after giving up an RBI single to Gabriel Moreno, he went on cruise control from there. The one other blemish on his night was a solo homer by Kirk within the sixth.

“Just more of the identical, really,” manager Aaron Boone said. “His mix is de facto good straight away. Perhaps didn’t lean on the breaking ball as much, more changeup-cutter-sinker tonight. But the whole lot was really good. That’s a troublesome lineup for him to undergo with all those really good

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