ST. LOUIS — The Yankees have already taken a hit by trading away Jordan Montgomery.
The lefty, who made his first start for the Cardinals, pitched five scoreless innings, but the Yankees are more concerned after he lost 1-0 on Saturday night.
They lost four games in a row for the first time this season, and overall he lost five of six games. Their record remains an impressive 70-38, but they have gone 6-9 since the All-Star break, trailing the Astros for the best record in the American League. Houston returns just half a game at his 70-39.
This version of the Yankees' recent loss was played in front of the largest crowd at his stadium (48,581). The Yankees finished with just two hits after the third inning.
In his first start against Montgomery since being traded Tuesday for injured outfielder Harrison Bader, the Yankees were unable to touch his former teammate.
He got his 2 hits and 1 allowed only bases in five shutout innings before being removed for cramping on an 83-pitch outing.
Domingo German pitched for Montgomery's spot in the rotation, and new acquisition Frankie Montas was scheduled to make his first start as a Yankee on Sunday. The German allowed only one run on four hits in five innings, and allowed no walks.
The Yankees threatened at the top of the first but came up empty. After Aaron Judge singled to left with his one out and Josh Donaldson walked, Montgomery received a visit from his coach Mike Maddux, pitching for St. Louis.
This left-hander made a full count against Graber against Torres before Torres hit his ground ball hard to his third base, and Nolan he double-played Arenado.
After the first game, the Yankees barely sniffed a scoring chance, The Cardinals were bottom of the inning that arrived in Germany. After the Germans retired the first two batters, Paul Goldschmidt doubled to left and Arenado finished with an RBI single to left to end the 10-ball at-bat.
The German nearly gave up another 2 out run in the third round, but again with 2 outs.
Nolan Gorman singled to center and Goldschmidt doubled to right center, but center fielder Tim Locastro started a perfect relay to Torres, who struck Kyle Higashioka at bat. rice field.
Montgomery sent him off with a one-run lead, Jordan he replaced by Hicks. Throw 1 ¹/₃ shutout innings. The
Yankees had few scoring chances after the first inning, and he was given only one hit for the remainder of the game. Former Cardinal Matt Carpenter hit lefty Genesis Cabrera with a shot to right-center, but Dylan Carlson tracked it down on his two-out caution track in the top of the seventh.
In the eighth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walks to take the lead. After Andrew Benintendi pinch-hit for Locastro and popped out, Higashioka ripped the liner to a shallow right, but Lars Nootvaal lunged and made a great diving catch.
And another former Yankee, Giovanni Gallegos, came out in the ninth inning, sending the judges to center, striking out Donaldson, and whiffing Torres' swing for the frenzied Cardinals. Finished it in a straight and he is his 8th of 9th.