Nestor Cortes made an unsuccessful bid in the eighth inning before Eli White chose, and Anthony Rizzo doubled up in a run in the lower half to lift the Yankees over the Texas Rangers, 1-0, on Monday for their sixth consecutive win in series.
Cortes, 27, was making his 22nd start in the league and his sixth this season. He threw a record of seven innings and a third in his career, walked four and scored 11, one less than his career high. He launched 68 out of 103 strikes.
White, no. 9 hitter, he threw a 2-2 fastball to center short for a clear shot on Cortes’ last court. Clay Holmes (4-0) lifted and convinced Marcus Semien to the ground in a double play.
Aaron Judge scored in eighth place over Brett Martin (0-3) and Rizzo, in a 2 of 31 slide, threw a curveball into the gap on the opposite center left center.
Aroldis Chapman conceded a double single to Jonah Heim in ninth place, then withdrew Nick Solak on the fly to finish the two-stroke for his seventh save.
The Yankees have won 13 of their last 15 games, taking two out of three in the series despite scoring just five points.
Texas have lost only for the second time in their last seven games.
The Yankees have only had two wins against Jon Gray, a single duo in Josh Donaldson’s quarter and a single in the fifth from former Ranger Joey Gallo.
Gray was replaced by Brock Burke with an out in the fifth due to what appeared to be an injury. Jose Trevino chose and DJ LeMahieu walked before Burke escaped base-laden trouble by hitting Judge and throwing a third strike called over Rizzo.
Gray has already been on the injury list twice this season. He was sidelined from 9 to 18 April for a blister on the middle finger of the hand he threw and from 20 April to 3 May for a sprained left knee.