Montas (9-8) won Thursday's 4-0 victory against the Angels, going seven innings and allowing three hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts. Montas submitted his best start of the season Thursday, preventing any runner from passing second base and striking out 10 batters for the third time in four starts. This was the righty's first start surrendering no runs since April 16, while his 109 pitches are a season high and the seven frames matches the campaign's best. Montas has now thrown four straight quality starts and lines up to face San Diego next week.
Montas allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 over six innings Friday against the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision. Montas butted heads with Yusei Kikuchi on Friday as the two put on a clinic with 22 combined strikeouts. The 28-year-old Montas induced 24 whiffs, 13 of them coming on his splitter. He's now struck out 10 batters in two of his last three starts. All three runs he gave up came in the second after Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens hit back-to-back homers off him. Montas owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 122:30 K:BB over 112 innings and is set up for a start against the Angels next week.
Montas (8-8) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings, taking the loss Saturday versus Cleveland. Montas had little trouble until Cleveland scraped two runs together in the fifth inning. Oakland never pulled even, leaving Montas with his first loss since June 21. The 28-year-old has a 4.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 112:29 K:BB through 106 innings this year. The right-hander will try to get back in the win column during next weekend's series in Seattle.
Montas (8-7) allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out 10 across 6.2 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Astros. Montas dominated the Astros and recorded double-digit strikeouts in a start for the second time this season. He backed that with 22 swinging strikes on 95 total pitches and has now surrendered two earned runs or less in each of his last three starts. Montas will enter the All-Star break with a 4.41 ERA with 105 strikeouts across 100 innings on the campaign.
Montas allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings in Friday's loss to Boston. He struck out three and did not factor in the decision. Montas rolled through three shutout innings to start the outing before coughing up RBI base hits to Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo in the fourth and fifth frames. He's given up two earned runs and pitched at least five innings in four of his last five starts, lowering his ERA to 4.63. He maintained his 7-7 record after a second consecutive no-decision. Montas is projected to take the mound in Houston next week.
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