CHICAGO (AP) — Nestor Cortes pitched a career-high eight innings, and the New York Yankees capitalized on Michael Kopech’s lone wild streak, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Sunday.
New York had just two hits: a second-inning single for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a two-run homer from Joey Gallo in the ninth. But it was more than enough, thanks to the crafty Cortes (2-1).
The 27-year-old southpaw, who hit in the eighth in his previous outing against Texas, allowed three hits, struck out seven and scored none in another brilliant performance. He has allowed two runs or less in each of his seven starts this year.
Since his first major league outing last season on May 30, 2021, Cortes has a 2.44 AL-low ERA over 133 innings. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in 16 straight starts, tying Luis Severino in 2018 for the second-longest such streak in franchise history.
Clay Holmes finished on four hits for New York’s 18th win in 21 games. The major league-leading Yankees have won three of four games in the series.
Kopech (0-1) pitched six innings for Chicago. The right-hander had five sharp innings – and one really bad one.
New York got to Kopech for three runs in the second after striking out the first two batters, taking full advantage of four walks, a wild pitch and Kiner-Falefa’s single to left. Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu each walked with the bases loaded, and Jose Trevino scored on the wild field.
Kopech threw 41 pitches in the second, 17 for strikes. He threw a total of 50 pitches in his other five innings, 33 for strikes.
Kopech’s shaky stretch provided more than enough support for Cortes, who retired 15 straight after Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single.
Adam Engel hit Chicago with one out in the eighth, but Cortes retired the next two batters. Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal flew to the warning trail right for the second out.
Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone said the team should find out more about C Ben Rortvedt’s situation at some point this week. Rortvedt was coming back from a right oblique injury when a knee problem appeared. “It’s something he’s dealt with in the past,” Boone said. “So we’ll see. It could be some kind of surgery he may have to undergo. … RHP Domingo Germán (right shoulder impact) should start throwing live BPs this week. Boone said Germán will be built as a starter. … DE Tim Locastro (left side strain) is progressing quite well in rehab, Boone said.
White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada was out of the starting lineup after going 4 for 13 with two homers in the first three games of the series. Manager Tony La Russa said it was just the day off and Moncada was available on the bench. … La Russa said RHP Lucas Giolito (COVID-19 IL) is feeling better, but he’s unsure when he’ll be back in the rotation.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (2-0, 4.08 ERA) starts Monday night in Baltimore in Game 1 of a four-game set. RHP Kyle Bradish (1-1, 4.24 ERA) takes the mound for the Orioles.
White Sox: Open an eight-game Monday night trip to Kansas City. The White Sox haven’t announced their starting pitcher, and the Royals plan to go with RHP Brad Keller (1-3, 2.70 ERA).
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