“It was a close game for a while,” Cole said. “We had to make a few shots and we did it. ”
Cole, who came with a one-win strike his previous start before being retired, moved closer to Carl Hubbell’s all-time 24-game winning streak in 1936-37. Roy Face is next at 22, followed by Roger Clemens, Jake Arrieta, Rube Marquard and Cole at 20 each.
“Best pitcher of the game and that’s what you see,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You see a guy who’s great at his craft with elite stuff and the ability to command it. ”
Cole’s only loss since May 2019 was in Game 1 of the World Series last year, when he pitched for Houston and lost to Washington.
Since his last loss in the regular season, Cole is 20-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 27 starts. The right-hander’s 27-game unbeaten streak is tied with Firpo Marberry for the fourth longest in baseball history. Clemens holds the record with a 30-game unbeaten streak in 1998-99, followed by Kris Medlen and Dave McNally at 28 games apiece.
“It’s impressive, but it is a testament to his consistency and his work ethic,” said Yankees right-back Mike Tauchman.
Cole knocked out Red Sox hitter JD Martinez three times and garnered praise from Boston manager Ron Roenicke.
“Obviously, a good pitcher makes you run a lot more,” Roenicke said. “Every time I looked up to a withdrawal it was in a corner somewhere and it was great. Whether 97 [mph] a fast ball or a good slider or a curve ball, that’s a great field. ”
The Yankees improved to 7-0 at home for the fourth time since 1959 (also in 2017, 1998 and 1987). New York has also beaten Boston for the seventh consecutive time 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.