NEW YORK — Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night, Jordan Montgomery cut up one of the league’s hottest lineups in his 2020 debut and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Friday night in their first home game of the coronavirus-shortened season.
Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season, Chad Green pitched two perfect innings in relief, and Adam Ottavino and Jonathan Holder closed up shop as New York improved to 5-1.
Michael Chavis homered for Boston and Phillips Valdez impressed over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but the club couldn’t overcome another poor start by Ryan Weber (0-2).
There was also a moment of silence for late Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner, who died in April. New York is wearing uniform patches with his initials this season.
Montgomery (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings, limiting the Red Sox to a run, five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
TIGERS 7, REDS 2
DETROIT — Spencer Turnbull and the Detroit bullpen combined on a three-hitter, and Austin Romine and Travis Demeritte each drove in two runs.
Turnbull (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and didn’t allow a hit until former Tigers teammate Nick Castellanos doubled leading off the fifth.
Detroit relievers Gregory Soto, Buck Farmer and Bryan Garcia retired nine consecutive batters in the final three innings.
Luis Castillo (0-1) gave up five runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.
BRAVES 11, METS 10
ATLANTA —Travis d’Arnaud drove in five runs, including three with a bases-loaded double that capped a five-run eighth against his former team and Atlanta rallied from six runs down.
D’Arnaud had three hits. The biggest was the double off Seth Lugo (1-1) that gave Atlanta the lead and completed the comeback from deficits of 8-2 and 10-5.
Dansby Swanson’s RBI single started the scoring in Atlanta’s decisive inning before Ender Inciarte scored on a wild pitch from Dellin Betances to cut New York’s lead to 10-8.
Lugo walked Marcell Ozuna to load the bases. Johan Camargo popped out to shallow right field before d’Arnaud cleared the bases with his double to the gap in right-center.
Chris Martin ended the game when Wilson Ramos hit a fly ball to deep right field with runners on first and second. Martin earned his first save. Grant Dayton (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth.
Yoenis Céspedes had a two-run double in New York’s six-run fifth inning, J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs. Robinson Canó had three hits, including a homer.
WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adam Engel hit a three-run homer in the second inning as Chicago spoiled Kansas City’s home opener.
Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the White Sox. Alex Colome converted his first save opportunity.
Kuechel (2-0) worked out of trouble seemingly the entire game. He retired the Royals in order in only one inning, and allowed just two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Kris Bubic (0-1) settled down after struggling early in his big league debut for Kansas City. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits. He walked one and hit James McCann twice.
TWINS 4, INDIANS 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler hit his second leadoff home run of the season, and Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota.
Randy Dobnak (1-1) pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following a day of COVID-19 testing and uncertainty due to two positive tests by the St. Louis Cardinals, who played here earlier in the week.
Mike Clevinger (0-1) allowed four runs in four innings for Cleveland. He gave up six hits and walked five.
Taylor Rogers finished off his second save of the season.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 3
CHICAGO — Yu Darvish pitched six shutout innings and Jason Heyward hit a key two-run single to lead Chicago,
Darvish (1-1) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one, bouncing back nicely after he struggled in his first start last weekend against Milwaukee.
Chicago also got a solo home run from Jason Kipnis in its fourth win in five games.
Kipnis connected in the fourth, sending a drive to the empty bleachers in right. The Cubs added two more in the fifth, taking advantage of a combined four walks in the inning for Trevor Williams (0-2) and reliever Nik Turley.
ORIOLES 6, RAYS 3
BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander hit an odd home run off Blake Snell and had three RBIs to help Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.
The Orioles trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning before Renato Núñez doubled and Santander followed with a drive to center. Kevin Kiermaier backed up to the wall, leaped and stuck his glove high above the 7-foot barrier.
The center fielder timed his jump perfectly, but the ball glanced off his mitt and dropped over the wall.
Pedro Severino followed with a far more traditional homer – a shot to deep center – to chase Snell.
Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who have lost three straight following a 4-1 start. Lowe’s drive tied the game in the fifth, but Santander delivered an RBI single in the bottom half off Pete Fairbanks (1-1) to put Baltimore back in front.
Paul Fry (1-0) got the win and Cole Sulser worked the ninth for his second save.
GIANTS 9, RANGERS 2
SAN FRANCISCO — Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer off Mike Minor in the fifth inning, and San Francisco beat Texas.
Darin Ruf drove in three runs, and Chadwick Tromp had his first major league hit and RBI for the Giants.
Shin-Soo Choo hit an opposite-field home run for Texas on the game’s first pitch.
Flores hit a 2-2 pitch from Minor into the left field stands to put the Giants ahead 4-2 in the fifth. Flores also walked and scored as part of San Francisco’s three-run seventh.
Conner Menez (1-0), the second of six Giants pitchers, retired four batters to win.
Minor (0-2) allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 3
SEATTLE — Taijuan Walker threw one-hit ball over seven innings and Kyle Lewis had his sixth straight multi-hit game to lead Seattle.
Walker (1-1) was dominant making his first start in Seattle since the end of the 2016 season before being traded to Arizona. Walker struck out eight and walked two.
Reliever Bryan Shaw stumbled in the eighth giving up a two-run triple to Marcus Semien and Laureano’s sacrifice fly. Taylor Williams pitched the ninth for his second save.
Lewis singled and scored from first base on Kyle Seager’s two-run double in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Lewis lined an RBI single to center to score J.P. Crawford. Lewis has 15 hits in the first eight games.
Oakland starter Sean Manaea (0-2) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs, but only three were earned.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, DODGERS 3
PHOENIX — Christian Walker hit a three-run double in the eighth inning and Arizona broke out of its offensive funk.
The Diamondbacks labored through the first seven innings, managing one run and five hits.
Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Arizona loaded the bases against Blake Treinen (0-1) and Walker lined a double just past the outreached glove of center fielder Mookie Betts. David Peralta followed with a run-scoring single to make it 5-3.
Hector Rondon (1-0) got one out in the eighth for his first win with Arizona. Archie Bradley walked a batter and gave up a double to Betts in the ninth before getting Cody Bellinger to pop out for his second save in three chances.
Betts hit his first homer with the Dodgers, had three hits, drove in two runs and made a sensational, long throw for an out at third. Corey Seager homered for the third straight game.
PADRES 8, ROCKIES 7
DENVER — Tommy Pham hit a three-run homer in the ninth after Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it with two outs, and San Diego spoiled Colorado’s home opener.
Pham sent a fastball from closer Wade Davis (0-1) over the left-center wall on a 3-2 count to give the Padres an 8-5 lead. Davis got two quick outs in the inning before Tatis took him deep.
Pham also hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning Thursday as the Padres beat San Francisco under baseball’s new extra-innings format.
Craig Stammen (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, while Kirby Yates made things interesting in the ninth. Yates surrendered a run-scoring single to Charlie Blackmon and then walked Ryan McMahon with the bases loaded to make it 8-7. He was taken out for Drew Pomeranz, who got pinch-hitter Chris Owings to fly out to earn his second save.