Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.
"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."
Since April 16, Severino is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA, as he lowered his ERA from 3.50 to 2.14 and struck out 50 batters in 41 innings. But even so, he still believes he could pitch more like his shutout effort against the Red Sox earlier this month.
"I didn't have my slider. My fastball command wasn't where it usually is," Severino said, according to MLB.com's Roger Rubin. "I grinded to get through six innings."
The 24-year-old Severino didn't allow a hit through the first three innings, but pitched into and out of trouble in the fourth and fifth. With runners on first and second in the fourth, he got Mark Canha to line out to third. In the fifth, after Jed Lowrie's RBI single made it 3-1 and put the go-ahead run at the plate, Severino got Khris Davis to fly out to center.
"Talk about grinding through it," Boone said. "I didn't think he had his best stuff, and it's just a tribute to the kind of pitcher he is to be able to go six innings with just the one run. I thought the A's really made him work. They fouled off a ton of pitches against him, so it really drove up that pitch count. He never had an easy inning that we're used to seeing when he's just cruising."