Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker both homered while Lance Lynn took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-0 win against the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score
1) Torres and Walker both had two htis and two RBIs. Torres hit a solo homer off Thyago Vieira in the eighth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead, and Walker added a two-run homer later in the inning.
2) Making his first start with the Yankees after pitching 4 1/3 innings of relief last Wednesday, Lynn (8-8) allowed two hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring 19 batters in a row between Daniel Palka's first-inning infield single and Nicky Delmonico's single to right field in the eighth.
3) Didi Gregorius, who had been in a 1-for-13 slump dating back to Thursday, went 2-for-4 with one RBI. He doubled and scored in the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the fifth inning that gave New York a 4-0 lead.
4) The Yankees were outscored 35-18 during their five-game losing streak and had fallen to 9 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East. Monday's win moved them nine games behind Boston.
5) Dylan Covey (4-8) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the White Sox, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Highlights from Monday's game
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The Yankees needed a dominant and lengthy pitching performance from a starter after losing five straight games, and Lynn delivered.
Lynn has yet to allow a run as a Yankee and while the streak will not last forever, the right-hander has quickly demonstrated why the club took a chance on him. Lynn is everything that Sonny Gray is not -- a bulldog type of pitcher that attacks the strike zone. Lynn was completely on his game Monday, turning in by far his best start of the season.
Lynn would seem to have a healthy grip on a role in the rotation over the remainder of the season based on the club's other options. If Lynn, 31, can generate a solid finish, it would not be at all surprising if the Yankees consider signing him as a free agent this coming offseason.
CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.59 ERA) faces Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.47 ERA) in the second game of a three-game set on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field.