Lance Lynn dominated the White Sox in his first start with the Yankees, striking out nine batters in 7 1/3 innings in Monday's 7-0 win at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"He was terrific," manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game.
Lynn (8-8), whom the Yankees acquired from the Minnesota Twins last Monday, hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 1/3 innings, which includes his 4 1/3-inning effort in relief of Sonny Gray in his New York debut last Wednesday.
"Whenever they need me, whenever it's my time to go pitch, I go get outs and help the team," Lynn said.
After Gray's poor performance, the Yankees inserted Lynn into the rotation given he had been a starter with Minnesota, and he shut down the White Sox on Monday, retiring 19 batters in a row between the first and eighth innings.
"I came into this start knowing I needed to do my job and needed to do it at a high level," Lynn said. "I came out and had a good start. The offense gave me some runs, defense did a great job, we won and hopefully we can keep doing that."
He faced trouble in the first inning when a one-out walk and a two-out infield single to Daniel Palka put runners on the corners, but Lynn struck out Avisail Garcia on a 2-2 curveball to end the threat.
From there, he was lights out. He needed only seven pitches in a 1-2-3 third inning, 12 pitches in the fourth and eight in the fifth, throwing 108 pitches in total.
"I was able to make better pitches as we went, get some quicker outs," Lynn said.
Boone credited Lynn's success with his fastball.
"I thought both his fastballs, the two-seamer and his four-seam fastball, so the ability to pitch at the top of the zone, we saw a lot of elevated fastballs from him, that was effective, but also that two-seamer, that sinker, that he works down in the bottom of the zone," Boone said. "I thought he mixed in enough off-speed, but I thought it was about the two planes with the fastball."
Lynn is hardly an ace -- he has a 4.58 ERA this season including his 20 starts with the Twins -- but his performance comes at the heels of a five-game losing streak that dropped the Yankees to 9 1/2 games back in the division.
"He's been a consistent workhouse in his career and we thought he had pitched better than his numbers had indicated with the Twins," Boone said.
The rest of the Yankees rotation has been filled with question marks. J.A. Happ, another deadline acquisition, will return from the disabled list this week; ace Luis Severino has an 8.28 ERA over his last five starts; and CC Sabathia has pitched six complete innings just once in the past month.
But Lynn showed his potential as a stopper as the Yankees look to get back in the division race.
"We feel like we got a guy capable of giving us a lot of innings," Boone said.