Jordan Montgomery beat the Yankees for the second time since they traded him last summer, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over Gerrit Cole on Sunday that capped a disappointing 3-3 road trip for New York.
«I was excited to face Gerrit,» Montogmery said. «He was supposed to duck and throw me yesterday and then the rain happened, and we ended up bumping horns. We texted about it and we were excited about it. It was definitely fun.»
On a day when Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected for the fifth time this season, Montgomery (6-7) allowed one unearned run, two hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. He held New York hitless until Gleyber Torres doubled with two outs in the sixth.
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«He was hitting the zone with everything he had,» Cardinals receiver Andrew Knizner said. «Down and out, hard inside, soft, pretty much had a great mix of everything. Everything was working. Everything was coming out.»
Montgomery, a 30-year-old left-hander, made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2017 and was traded to the Cardinals on Aug. 2 for center fielder Harrison Bader. Montgomery beat the Yankees four days later, allowing two hits in five shutout innings.
«Monty was pretty hard on us and got us under control,» Boone said. «I had a little problem there about how they got their relief pitcher into the game in the seventh inning in my opinion and when they weren’t ready for it in my opinion and when PitchCom didn’t work to stop and things like that. I thought that wasn’t was handled correctly.»
Givoanny Gallegos relieved after Jake Bauers’ two-out RBI single in the seventh and struck out pinch hitter Billy McKinney. Gallegos walked Oswaldo Cabrera on four pitches beginning in the eighth and then retired his next three batters.
Jordan Hicks allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth, then retired Kyle Higashioka on a groundout to end a three-hit series.
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With the Cardinals leading 2-1, Brendan Donovan hit a two-run home run in the seventh off Jimmy Cordero.
New York (46-38) is 11-13 since reigning AL MVP Aaron Judge tore a ligament in his right big toe on June 2 while making a catch at the Dodger. Stadium.
DJ LeMahieu went 0 for 4 and is hitting .167 (13-for-78) in his last 21 games. Boone was thrown out by home plate umpire Dan Merzel while Torres was batting in the third. The coach complained from the bench about a 3-1 pitch to LeMahieu that was called a strike despite being well above the strike zone. Boone has been ousted 31 times during his managerial career.
«I think Dan is a very good young umpire,» Boone said. «However, the string and leash were very short. I had a real problem with that. The feel on that and just the quick release was brutal, it was ridiculous. You have to have thicker skin than that. You have to have a little bit of space to let us say something. We said one thing, hands up, out. That’s wrong, in my opinion, especially coming from what I think has a chance to be a really good young referee.»
New York split a six-game road trip that began in Oakland against the league’s worst A’s and ended with the Cardinals, last in the NL Central.
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Cole (8-2) allowed two runs and in five innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
«I thought it was a solid day,» Cole said. «I threw a lot of good pitches, made a couple of errors and struggled into the fourth inning.»
Jordan Walker and Knizner each hit run-scoring singles in the fourth. St. Louis added a run in the eighth when Dylan Carlson stole third and continued home when Higashioka’s throw bounced down the left-field line on an error.
Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodon (left forearm strain) could make his Yankees debut Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs after making three starts rehabbing from minor league injuries.
Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. LHP JoJo Romero was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
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Yankees: RHP Domingo Germán (5-5, 4.54 ERA) will make his first start Monday since pitching the 24th perfect game in major league history on Wednesday in Oakland. RHP Tyler Wells (6-4, 3.21 ERA) starts to visit Baltimore in the opener of a four-game series.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.44) will face LHP Braxton Garrett (4-2, 3.53 ERA) on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series in Miami.