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Montgomery sharp but Yankees' bats quiet in 2-0 loss to Astros

TAMPA - The lone spring rematch of last year's American League Championship Series goes to the defending World Series champs, as the Astros came to town Friday night and came away with a 2-0 win over the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.

All in all, the Yankees had just two hits - singles by Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin in the fifth and eighth, respectively - and just three other baserunners. Two of those came in the fourth, when Giancarlo Stanton reached on an error and Neil Walker was hit in the jersey by a pitch, but an Aaron Hicks fly out ended the Yankees' only real threat of the night; the other was Shane Robinson's leadoff walk in the ninth, but he was erased on a game-ending double play.

On the mound, Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery was mostly sharp; he allowed two solo homers in his four innings, but allowed just one other hit otherwise (as well as one hit batter) and struck out four. Behind him, David Robertson allowed one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings, Chad Green allowed two hits and struck out four in 1 2/3 innings, Gio Gallegos retired all three batters he faced (with one K), and Brady Lail finished it out by retiring the final Astros batter of the game.

With the loss, the Yankees fall to 12-8-1 on the spring. They will head out on the road tomorrow, with Masahiro Tanaka set to take the mound in Lakeland for a 1:05 p.m. start against the Tigers, and back at the minor-league complex, Aaron Judge will play left field in either the High-A or Class-A game against the Phillies.