Looking for their first ten-game win streak since June of 2012, the Yankees tabbed the struggling Sonny Gray to rebound from his past few poor outings, and he actually fared rather well against a risky Houston Astros' lineup. "Everybody is trying to beat us, so we've got to go out there and try to be consistent every day".
Montgomery, making his sixth start of the season, coasted through the bottom of the first inning, needing just seven pitches to retire the Astros in order and showing no sign of discomfort.
Gray is 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA over nine career starts against the Astros including one start with the Oakland Athletics during the regular season a year ago and another in the postseason with the Yankees. Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead when Correa grounded out. In four of Morton's six starts, he's gone at least six innings and given up one run or less. Austin Romine grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Morton is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA over two career starts against the Yankees.
Aaron Judge singled to start the ninth for New York's first hit since the third inning. He said he's had forearm tightness in the past, but wasn't sure if this was the exact same location as those injuries.
Yankees: 3B Brandon Drury, on the disabled list because of severe migraines, will continue his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the next few days.
"Monty's in a pretty good frame of mind", Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said after the game. He is 7 for 16 in five games with the RailRiders.
Houston Rockets star James Harden took in the game from a suite. Houston will look to regroup Wednesday night, with Dallas Keuchel facing the Yankees' Luis Severino. Right-handers Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson (2-1) followed with a scoreless inning apiece, combining for six strikeouts while allowing two hits and no walks.
With his effort against the Yankees on Tuesday, Verlander lowered his ERA on the season to 1.13 and he has a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings.