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MLB: Yankees rookie Gil wins 6th straight start

By Sports Desk May 29, 2024

Rookie Luis Gil pitched two-hit ball over eight masterful innings to win his sixth straight start and Alex Verdugo homered as the New York Yankees held on for a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

In the longest of his 18 major league starts, Gil gave up Luis Rengifo’s single in the third and Logan O’Hoppe’s home run in the seventh. He walked two and struck out nine to improve to 7-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 starts this season.

New York’s starters have gone at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer in an MLB-record 16 straight games. That group has allowed only 11 earned runs in 99 innings for a 1.00 ERA during that stretch.

Clay Holmes gave up a leadoff single to Rengifo in the ninth and walked Taylor Ward but got Willie Calhoun to hit into a double play and retired O’Hoppe on a game-ending groundout to third for his 16th save.

Anthony Volpe extended his hitting streak to 21 games with two hits, matching the longest run in the majors this season.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing an interference call in the first inning.

 

Royals’ Lugo first in AL to 9 wins

Seth Lugo pitched six strong innings to become the American League’s first nine-game winner and Nelson Velazquez homered twice as the Kansas City Royals topped the Minnesota Twins 6-1 to end a three-game losing streak.

Lugo allowed one run on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts to win his fourth straight start and sixth consecutive decision.

He joined Philadelphia’s Ranger Suarez as only nine-game winners in the majors and surpassed his previous career high of eight wins set last season with San Diego.

Lugo’s ERA dropped to an MLB-best 1.72, the lowest by a Royals pitcher through 12 starts in team history.

Salvador Perez also homered for Kansas City, which had lost three in a row after winning eight straight.

Velazquez’s first home run came in a four-run third, and he went deep again in the fifth after Perez homered earlier in the inning.

Willi Castro had three of Minnesota’s seven hits as the Twins lost for the second time in eight games.

 

Seager homers again to lift Rangers

Corey Seager continued his power surge with his eighth home run in eight games and Dane Dunning pitched five scoreless innings as the Texas Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-1 to sweep a two-game rematch of last year’s World Series.

Seager’s two-run shot off starter Ryne Nelson in the fifth inning extended the Rangers’ lead to 4-0.

Seager has 13 home runs this season and four in the past three games. He went deep twice in a series finale victory at Minnesota on Sunday, which ended Texas’ season-high six-game skid, and is batting .357 (10 for 28) with eight home runs and 13 RBIs over his last eight contests.

He is the fifth player in franchise history with at least eight home runs in an eight-game span, joining Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Josh Hamilton and Joey Gallo.

Reigning World Series champion Texas has won three in a row after losing five consecutive series.

Dunning allowed three hits and walked four with six strikeouts in his second start back from a stint on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain. 

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