Gerrit Cole strikes out 15 as Yankees snap four-game skid

Gerrit Cole strikes out 15 as Yankees snap four-game skid

Gerrit Cole struck out 15 batters in seven strong innings to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday night. With the win, the Bombers snapped their four-game losing streak.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Gerrit Cole proved to be the perfect antidote for a four-game losing streak.

Looking to avoid opening September the same way they ended August, the Yankees turned to Cole, pitching in his hometown park for the first time as a Yankee, and the ace lived up to expectations in a 4-1 win over the Angels.

It allowed the Yankees to end a long road trip with a victory as they head into an off day Thursday before a 20-game-in-20-day stretch begins in The Bronx on Friday.

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“We knew we needed that win big-time and Gerrit came up huge for us,’’ catcher Kyle Higashioka said.

Cole whiffed a season-high 15 and gave up just one run on four hits — with no walks, in a seven-inning, 116-pitch outing.

He featured a devastating fastball and was able to use all four of his pitches effectively.

And the offense, sparked by Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, did the rest, as the Yankees won for the first time since their 13-game winning streak ended in Oakland over the weekend.