NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit a game-ending homer to lead off the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Sunday in the opener of a doubleheader.
Torres gave the Yankees their third walk-off victory of the season when he lifted a 3-1 sinker from John King (1-1) into the short porch in right field. His fourth homer this year propelled New York to its 12th win in 13 games.
Torres also had a game-ending single April 23 against Cleveland. His seven walk-off hits are most in the majors since 2018, and this was his second game-ending homer.
“The bigger the situation, it does seem like he ratchets the concentration level a bit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Cold day out there, it was good to see him to stick one.”
Giancarlo Stanton hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth after Rangers starter Dane Dunning lost his no-hit bid on an infield single by Aaron Judge to open the inning.
Kole Calhoun homered on Yankees starter Gerrit Cole’s final pitch, but the Rangers committed three errors and ended a four-game winning streak.
Cole allowed a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out 10, walked one and threw a season-high 114 pitches, reaching 100.6 mph.
It was the most pitches thrown by any starter in the majors this season. It also was Cole’s most pitches since throwing 116 on Sept. 1 against the Angels. He came out for the seventh after lobbying Boone to stay in.
“I felt really good,” Cole said. “I think I executed every single pitch the inning before. I know we have a doubleheader today and I just want to let them know like, ‘Hey I’m good.’”
Cole allowed three of his hits in the first two innings, when he threw 47 pitches. After allowing his only walk, Cole retired 14 of 15 hitters before Calhoun…