MLB RECAPS

MLB Recaps: Yankees win eighth straight

Sports Xchange

April 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm.

Apr 17, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 17, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Jordan Montgomery took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge hit long home runs as the New York Yankees ran their winning streak to eight games with a 7-4 victory over Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Montgomery (1-0) allowed a three-run home run to Yolmer Sanchez in the seventh among seven hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander threw 88 pitches and helped the Yankees win eight straight for the first time since June 8-18, 2012.

Holliday hit a 459-foot home run in a five-run third off Derek Holland (1-2), and Judge knocked the left-hander out with a 385-foot home run in the fifth. The Yankees (9-4) have their best 13-game start since 2010, and they improved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 1998.

Red Sox 4, Rays 3

BOSTON — Steven Wright threw six innings of three-run ball, and Boston scored three runs in the second to beat Tampa Bay. Wright (1-1) allowed just one earned run, nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Andrew Benintendi was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and both Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts drove in runs for the Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel got his sixth save, running his streak to 25 consecutive save chances converted.

Steven Souza Jr. (2-for-4) drove in two runs and Brad Miller (1-for-4) added an RBI for the Rays, who have lost seven of their past eight against Boston and six of their past seven games overall.

Cardinal 2, Pirates 1

ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn outdueled Ivan Nova, and Kolten Wong hit his first homer of the season to help St. Louis end its three-game losing streak. The Pirates lost for the first time in four games.

Lynn (1-1) gave up just three hits, struck out five, walked one and hit two batters over seven innings.

Trevor Rosenthal worked a perfect eighth inning before Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, earning the Cardinals’ first save of the season despite allowing an RBI single by pinch hitter Gregory Polanco that pulled the Pirates within 2-1.