CHICAGO — Nestor Cortes pitched eight innings for the first time in his career and the New York Yankees took advantage of Michael Kopech’s one-inning wildness to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Sunday.
New York had just two hits: a second-inning single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a two-run homer by Joey Gallo in the ninth. But it was more than enough, thanks to the work of Cortés (2-1).
The 27-year-old left-hander, who went hitless through the eighth in his previous outing against Texas, gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked one Sunday in another brilliant performance. He has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his seven starts this year.
Since his introduction to the majors last season, on May 30, 2021, Cortés leads the AL with a 2.44 ERA in 133 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 starts, matching Luis Severino in 2018 for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Kopech (0-1) pitched six innings of one-hit ball for Chicago. But his lack of control in the second took its toll. After retiring the first two batters, he walked four, had a wild pitch and gave up Kiner-Falefa’s single. Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu walked with the bases loaded and José Treviño scored on the wild pitch.
For the White Sox, Cubans Luis Robert 4-2 and José Abre 4-0.