ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Domingo Germán followed Corey Kluber’s no-hitter with seven more scoreless innings, Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge delivered RBI singles as pinch-hitters in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Thursday.
New York won its sixth straight series and at 25-19 moved a season-high six games over .500. Yankees pitchers have thrown seven shutouts in the team’s first 44 games for the first time since 1967.
Texas had at least one hit in each of the first five innings, starting with Nick Solak’s one-out single in the first, a day after Kluber pitched the major leagues’ sixth no-hitter this season.
But Texas didn’t get a runner past second base against Germán (4-2), who finished with two perfect innings and allowed six hits with five strikeouts as New York pitching finished the four-game series with 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Germán threw a career-high 26 changeups, holding the Rangers to 2 for 10 on that pitch, and improved to 4-0 in his last six starts.
Chad Green pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances as the Yankees matched the score from Kluber’s gem. Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Khris Davis on a 101.6 mph pitch for the final out.
Manager Aaron Boone intended to give Urshela and Judge the day off after a night game, but Urshela replaced Mike Ford with one out and two on in a scoreless game against left-handed reliever John King (4-3).
Urshela’s liner to right landed just in front of David Dahl to score former Ranger Rougned Odor, who was activated from the paternity list before the game and opened the seventh by getting hit by a pitch.
Two batters later, Judge — batting for No. 9 hitter Tyler Wade — grounded his first career pinch hit into center off King to score Gary Sánchez. It was the first time since July 29, 2010, that the Yankees had two pinch hits in the same inning.
The Yankees finished the first of two 10-game trips, their longest of the season, at 7-3 after winning three straight against the Rangers, who have lost nine of 10 since reaching .500 for the second time this season.
New York is unbeaten in nine consecutive series since dropping four of the first five, and now has six wins in its past seven homerless games after losing the previous 11 in a row.
The best early threat for the Yankees when they hit into one of their two double plays, giving them seven in the final two games of the series.
Ford and Miguel Andújar started the New York third with consecutive singles. With one out, DJ LeMahieu grounded wide of first, and Nate Lowe threw to Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the out at second. With nobody on the bag at first, the Texas shortstop threw to Charlie Culberson at third, where Ford had rounded the bag and couldn’t scramble back before the tag.
Yankees: Boone said RF Ryan LaMarre’s right hamstring injury appeared pretty significant. LaMarre, who was injured Wednesday, went on the 10-day injured list, making room for Odor. … Boone said the outlook for OF Clint Frazier (neck) will be clearer once he can be evaluated by team physicians in New York. He missed his third consecutive game.
Rangers: LHP Joely Rodríguez has been dealing with discomfort in the area of his left collarbone, but manager Chris Woodward said the club expected the reliever to be available without restrictions Friday.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.75 ERA) is scheduled for the opener of a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox. Montgomery allowed a season-high five runs in three innings in his previous start, a 10-6 loss to Baltimore.
Rangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.32) is set for the opener of a three-game home series against Houston. The Astros swept a four-game set in Houston last weekend. Gibson had a no-decision in the series finale, allowing two runs in seven innings.