Jordan Lyles pitched six solid innings and Adonis Garcia and Willie Calhoun hit solo homers off Gerrit Cole en route to a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees Monday night.
Lyles (2-3) helped the Rangers end a six-game losing streak by allowing one run on six hits. He struck out six, walked one and threw 85 pitches to lower his ERA from 6.63 to 5.93.
The right-hander made his first career start against New York and was able to constantly get ahead of hitters. He threw first-pitch strikes to the first 11 hitters and to 17 of 23 hitters overall.
Garcia and Willie Calhoun homered off Cole (5-2) by connecting on 0-2 pitches.
In between homers, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino hit RBI singles off Cole in Texas’ three-run second.
Gio Urshela hit an RBI single in the first inning when three of New York’s first four hitters singled off Lyles. After Urshela’s hit, Lyles got Gary Sanchez to hit into a double play and then stranded Brett Gardner on third in the fourth by fanning Clint Frazier.
Lyles breezed through a six-pitch fifth, then stranded Aaron Judge on first in the sixth by fanning Urshela and getting Sanchez on a groundout.
John King pitched a scoreless seventh and got the first out of the eighth before Josh Sborz allowed a solo homer to center to Luke Voit.
Sborz ended the inning on the next pitch when Judge lined out to third.
Ian Kennedy worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.
Cole allowed a season-high five runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. He struck out seven and issued two walks in an 89-pitch outing that marked the third time he allowed five runs since joining the Yankees.
After falling behind early, Texas made Cole throw 28 pitches and scored three times in the second.
Garcia hit his 11th homer by blasting an 0-2 fastball into the right field seats. After a double by David Dahl, Kiner-Falefa ripped an RBI base hit to left-center field and scored on a run-scoring hit by Trevino.
Calhoun made it 4-1 by hitting an elevated 0-2 fastball over the center field fence. After Calhoun’s fifth homer, the Rangers took a 5-1 lead when Garcia singled and eventually stole home while Yankees’ catcher Kyle Higashioka made a throwing error as Charlie Culberson stole second.
–Field Level Media