Gerrit Cole scored his 20th consecutive regular-season win and became the sixth pitcher to reach the mark thanks to a fine-tuned seven-inning effort as the New York Yankees overwhelmed the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night.
Cole (4-0), a fervent Yankees fan growing up in Southern California, allowed one run and four hits, getting his first taste of the historic rivalry between the two teams but in an empty stadium. He struck out eight, did not walk and threw 95 pitches.
The pitcher, who was one strike away from winning his previous start before leaving the mound, is approaching the all-time mark of 24 wins in a row Carl Hubbel posted in 1936-1937. Roy Face follows with 22 wins. Then there are Roger Clemens, Jake Arrieta and Cole with 20 each.
Cole’s only loss since May 2019 came in Game 1 of the World Series last season, when he pitched for Houston and lost to Washington.
Boston started Colten Brewer (0-1), who allowed two runs and four hits in two two-thirds innings.
The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the third on a double by Gleyber Torres and then scored three more in the fifth and seventh, as well as a pair in the eighth.
For the Red Sox, Rafael Devers 4-1, an RBI. Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 4-1. The Panamanian Jonathan Araúz 3-1.
For the Yankees, Colombian Gio Urshela 4-1, one scored. Venezuelan Torres 4-4, two runs, two RBIs. Gary Sanchez 5-1, one run scored, two RBIs.