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Yankees winning streak ends at 5, offense quiet for Jordan Montgomery in 3-2 loss to White Sox – Reuters Sports News

CHICAGO — With Tim Anderson on third base, Aroldis Chapman gave up a ground single to Luis Robert as the White Sox rallied for a 3-2 win over the Yankees at guaranteed rate field Saturday.

Anderson hit a one-out single on Chapman, who was clearly bothered by Anderson’s threat to steal second. Chapman then walked Yoan Moncada.

It was the Yankees’ first loss (24-8) in six games. They’ve already secured at least one tie in that four-game series with the White Sox (16-16) and will be aiming for their 10th series win on Sunday in the series finale. The Yankees have dropped to 2-7 when scoring two or fewer runs this season. It was the first game in the last five where the Bombers hadn’t hit a home run, after hitting 11 in their last four games.

That’s nothing new for Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

Montgomery entered the start averaging just 2.33 points of support per nine innings. The Yankees have won two of his five starts and scored at least five points just once – but only two of the points have come with him in the game. It’s nothing new, Montgomery didn’t receive much support during his career. More than half of his career 83 starts aren’t decisions because of it.

Dallas Keuchel blocked the Yankees for five innings, scattering four hits. He walked three and took out three. The southpaw has always been a thorn in the side of the Yankees, especially in his time with the Astros. In nine starts against the Bombers, Keuchel had a 2.23 ERA.

The Yankees offense, which scored 25 points in the first two games of the series, had its chances. DJ LeMahieu opened the game with a single, Giancarlo Stanton opened the second with a double, but the Bombers got nothing. In the fifth, as Keuchel was clearly tiring, he walked twice to charge the bases. Anthony Rizzo, who was booed here upon his return to the city where he played for a decade across town, had a chance to break through and just retired safely at second base.

After Montgomery and Keuchel were long gone, the White Sox handed the game over to Joe Kelly, who had imploded Thursday night, and the Bombers were able to break through. In the eighth, Aaron Judge lined up a one-out single in center field and Rizzo’s ground ball passed a diving Josh Harrison. Stanton hit a single to bring the Yankees in the first inning.

Tony La Russa, who let Kelly implode on Thursday, went for it after Stanton’s single. Liam Hendriks hit Donaldson on a 98mph fastball in the area and went to a 99mph fastball in the same spot to beat Gleyber Torres and end the Yankees’ top threat. That ended a three-game hitting streak for Torres.

Hendriks walked Joey Gallo to start the ninth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined up a right field single to move Gallo up to third. Kyle Higashioka made the run on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Montgomery has been more of a victim in his first five starts, pitching great and getting nothing to show for it. Saturday night, Montgomery wasn’t as sharp. He struggled to establish his curveball to keep batters away from his fastball. He got 10 swings and misses, four with the change and 11 called catches, five on his lead.

He allowed two runs on a Robert single, RBI and a Moncada homer to lead the third. It was only the third home run he allowed this season. The White Sox got six hits from him, he struck out four and walked three. Adam Engel’s fourth-inning walk was the first Montgomery had issued in 87 batters faced, dating back to his April 21 start in Detroit.

Clarke Schmidt, who just entered the Yankees bullpen on Friday, gave the Yankees 2.2 scoreless innings. He scratched one. Clay Holmes worked a scoreless eighth inning.

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