NEW YORK — Jordan Montgomery took the ball on Tuesday looking to keep the Yankees' momentum going after they had a solid showing on an 11-game road trip to start the second half.
Montgomery had been struggling, but there were no signs of that on this night as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning in a stellar performance as the Yankees beat the Reds, 4-2, in front of 44,268 at Yankee Stadium.
"Good two-seamer," Montgomery said. "I threw my curveball well when I needed it to put somebody away, and I threw a couple good sliders."
Todd Frazier played in his first home game as a Yankee, and his night got off to a strange start when he hit into a triple play in the second inning.
"I think I might’ve set a record for first-ever at-bat as a Yankee getting a triple play," Frazier joked. "It’s got to be a record. It’s funny to laugh about it now but at the time I was a little upset.
This was their first home game of the second half after they went 6-5 on a long three-city road trip.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the eighth, giving Aroldis Chapman an insurance run as he earned his 12th save.
Adam Warren recorded a critical out in the eighth after Dellin Betances walked two batters and allowed an RBI double to Billy Hamilton that made it a one-run game.
With the tying run at third, Warren struck out Eugenio Suarez to end the inning.
Montgomery, though, was stellar, allowing two hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
His night ended when Adan Duvall singled with two outs in the seventh.
"I wanted him to have a good outing and that's what he had," manager Joe Girardi said of why he took out Montgomery after just 85 pitches.
Girardi brought in Tommy Kahnle, who got pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett to fly out to center to end the inning.
Much of the night's attention, though, was on Frazier.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the second, he hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza, who stepped on second for the first out and then threw to first to get Frazier for the second out.
Matt Holliday, who had led off with a single, scored to make it 1-0.
But Gregorius, who was at second, stopped on his way to third and was caught in a rundown and was eventually tagged out by Peraza to complete the triple play.
The Yankees doubled their lead in the fourth when Aaron Judge led off with a single and later scored on Gregorius' sacrifice fly.
The Yankees added another run in the fifth as Tyler Wade reached on a fielder's choice, and then motored home on Austin Romine's RBI double to right to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
That was plenty for Montgomery, who struggled in his previous outing as he allowed six runs on seven hits in six innings against the Twins.
But the left-hander stifled the Reds.
Montgomery issued a lead-off walk to Duvall in the second, but then struck out Patrick Kivlehan and got Devin Mesoraco to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Montgomery then retired the next nine batters he faced until Scott Schebler led off the sixth with a double to the gap in right-center field, giving the Reds their first hit of the game.
Schebler scored on Arismendy Alcantara's RBI groundout, but that was the only run Montgomery allowed.
He wasn't bothered by his early departure.
"We’ve got too many good arms in the bullpen to waste," Montgomery said.
Chris Iseman, USA Today Sports