It was far from a warm welcome for newly acquired New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who suffered a 12-9 road loss against the St Louis Cardinals.
Montas, who was traded from the Oakland Athletics before the deadline, struggled mightily, giving up six runs in the first two innings, four of which came off the bat of Nolan Arenado.
Arenado collected an RBI single in the first inning to cancel out an early Yankees run, and after the visiting team jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second frame, thanks in large part to a two-RBI base hit from AL MVP favorite Aaron Judge, all began to fall apart.
Dylan Carlson’s RBI double started the rally and cut the margin to 4-2, a sacrifice fly from NL MVP favorite Paul Goldschmidt made it 4-3, and then Arenado connected on a three-run home run to lead 6-4 after two innings .
Montas would be pulled to begin the fourth frame, finishing with six earned runs from five hits and three walks in his 64 pitches.
To the Yankees’ credit, they refused to lay down, with Judge driving in two more runs with a double in the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6, but the Cardinals continued to answer right back, adding three more runs. own in the bottom of the fifth.
The Yankees again cut the lead to 9-8, but Paul DeJong put the game to bed in the eighth inning with a three-run homer to pull off the winning run.
In total, the teams combined for 21 runs from 27 hits, with Arenado going three-for-five at the plate with four RBIs and Judge finishing two-for-five with four RBIs. Judge now leads the majors in RBIs with 97, two more than New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso.
DeGrom is making his case as the game’s best pitcher
There were concerns that injuries might rob New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom of his status as the sport’s most elite pitcher, but he continued to dispel that myth Sunday in the team’s 5-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves.
DeGrom, in his second start of the season, struck out 12 of the 19 batters he faced, finishing with two earned runs on one hit and one walk in five-and-two-thirds innings.
Through five innings, deGrom had a perfect game with 10 strikeouts, but was pulled in the sixth after his first hit of the game was followed by a Dansby Swanson home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2, with both bullpens holding things no points the rest of the way.
Rays pull off improbable late rally
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, there was yet to be a run in the Tampa Bay Rays’ road game against the Detroit Tigers before an incredible offensive outburst saw the Rays win 7-0.
The Rays as a team allowed just three hits and no walks as six pitchers combined beautifully, while the Tigers relied on Matt Manning to get them through most of the game, pitching seven scoreless frames for seven baserunners and seven strikeouts.
In the ninth inning, after two outs, the Rays rattled off consecutive batters, resulting in a double, triple, single, double and another single as seven straight batters reached base.