Gerrit Cole notched a regular season win of the 20th season as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox

NEW YORK – Gerrit Cole notched his 20th straight regular-series win last season, began dating for the previous season, becoming the sixth big league pitch to lead the New York Yanks over the Boston Reds seven times. Reached this mark by throwing the innings. 10-3 on Friday night.

A Yankees fan growing up in Southern California, Cole (4-0) allowed one run and four hits in his first taste of the storied rivalry, in front of empty seats. He scored eight runs, walked none and threw 95 pitches.

“It was a tight game for a while,” Cole said. “We needed to make some pitches and we did.”

Cole, who came within one win of his previous start before the pull, reached an all-time record of 24 consecutive wins by Carl Hubel in 1936–37. Roy Face is ahead of 22, followed by Roger Clemens, Jake Arrieta, Rube Marquardt and Cole each on 20.

“The best pitcher in the game and that’s what you’re looking at,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You’re looking at a guy who’s great at his craft with elite goods and the ability to command it.”

Cole’s only defeat was as a World Series opener last year after May 2019, when he played for Houston and lost to Washington.

Since his most recent defeat in the regular season, Cole starts 27 of 20 with a 1.94 ERA. The right-handed 27-game unbeaten streak is tied with Firpo Marberry for the fourth-longest time in baseball history. Clemens set a record with a 30-game unbeaten streak in 1998–99, followed by Chris Madeleine and Dave McNally in 28 games.

“That’s right, but it speaks to his consistency and his work ethic,” said Yankees right fielder Mike Tuchman.

Cole hit Red Sox slugger JD Martinez three times and received praise from Boston manager Ron Ronikay.

“Obviously a great pitcher chases you too much,” Ronikay said. “Every time I saw a strikeout he was on a corner and it was great. Whether it’s 97 [mph] Fastball or a great slider or a curveball, this is a great pitch. ”

The Yankees improved to 7–0 at home for the fourth time since 1959 (2017, 1998 and 1987). New York also beat Boston for the seventh time in a row and is 12-1 at home against the Red Sox since the start of last season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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