Yankees RHP Sonny Gray had his strongest outing of the season on Sunday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Gray struck out five batters and only aallowed four hits, recording a quality start for the third time in his last four outings.
"I mean, I felt good my last four or five times out,'' Gray said, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "I know my results weren't great in my last start (5 IP, 5 ER, 9 H vs. Oakland on May 11) but at the same time I feel really good, especially moving forward.''
Gray cruised throughout the game, retiring the first 14 batters he faced and 18 of the first 19. He threw 62 of 92 pitches for strikes in his longest outing since Sept. 12, 2017, when he also lasted eight innings.
"I thought his stuff was great and the slider was a really good pitch for him," manager Aaron Boone said, according to MLB.com's Robert Falkoff. "When he's ahead [in the count], he has the weapons to put people away. That was clear today. The stuff is elite. That's why we were so optimistic about him even when he was going through some struggles."
Gray has not won back-to-back starts as a member of the Yankees. The last time he recorded multiple wins in a row was last July, when he won three starts in a row with Oakland.
"Hopefully, this is something he builds on and takes into his next start," Boone said, according to Caldera.