Montgomery hurled 5.2 innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision. The southpaw allowed two first-inning runs but kept the Twins off the scoreboard over the next four frames. His team staked him to a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Montgomery yielded a two-out single followed by a game-tying double to lose the chance for a win. Nonetheless, it was a positive outing overall, as Montgomery finished with his fourth straight start of three or fewer runs. He'll carry a 3.99 ERA and 65:15 K:BB into his next start, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at Toronto.
Montgomery (3-1) allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six across 6.1 innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Rays. Montgomery held the Rays in check throughout his start, which was highlighted by eight groundball outs to supplement his six strikeouts. He allowed only one extra-base hit to limit the potential damage against him, though he was let down by his defense on a couple of occasions. Even so, Montgomery turned in his second-longest outing of the season, and he has now completed at least six frames in six of his 11 starts. Overall, Montgomery has maintained a 3.92 ERA with 59 strikeouts across 59.2 innings.
Montgomery allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one batter over 4.2 innings in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays. He did not factor in the decision. Bo Bichette homered off Montgomery in the third inning and manager Aaron Boone wouldn't let the lefty face Bichette a third time with a runner on base. The skipper lifted Montgomery for Jonathan Loaisiga with two outs in the fifth, which was frustrating for fantasy managers, but the move worked as Loaisiga struck out Bichette. Montgomery recently flashed his upside with an 11-strikeout gem against the White Sox, but he's also had a few letdowns this season. He will take a 4.22 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into the next homestand.
Montgomery tossed seven shutout innings Friday against the White Sox, striking out a career-high 11 batters while allowing four hits and issuing zero walks. He did not factor in the decision. Over his last four starts, Montgomery has logged quality starts against the White Sox, Rays and Astros while getting chased early against the Orioles. This was the first time in 55 career starts that Montgomery has struck out double-digit batters and he only needed 90 pitches to accomplish the feat.
Montgomery allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in three innings in Sunday's loss to the Orioles. He didn't factor into the decision. Montgomery earned a win in his last start, but he had his worst outing of the season against Baltimore on Sunday. He was hit hard early by giving up four runs in the first inning. Montgomery has recorded a 4.75 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 41.2 innings across his first eight starts of 2021. He could make his next start at home against the White Sox on Friday.
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