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Michael King’s rare night sinks Yankees vs. Rangers

NEW YORK — Brad Miller ended Michael King’s impressive scoreless streak with a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning that gave the Texas Rangers a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday to salvage a double-header split.

The Yankees won the opener 2-1 when Gleyber Torres’ homer ended the game and set up ninth place.

King (2-1) had pitched 14 1/3 straight innings without conceding a run before Miller hit a 1-0 fastball down center to take a two-run lead. The Yankees right-hander hadn’t given up a run since an RBI double by Toronto’s George Springer on April 11.

King replaced Jordan Montgomery after Jonah Heim opened the inning with a double to the left. King went on a forceout with Kole Calhoun, Nathaniel Lowe and Andy Ibáñez that put Heim in third place. Heim hit a pitch before Miller’s homer on a wild pitch to the backstop.

Michael King reacts after giving up a double-barreled home run in the seventh inning.
Michael King reacts after giving up a double-barreled home run in the seventh inning.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST
Brad Miller celebrates after hitting a double home run.
Brad Miller celebrates after hitting a double home run.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

The rare ineffective outing increased King’s ERA from 0.51 to 1.42.

Eli White also scored as Texas won for the fifth time in six games.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the second game. New York lost for only the second time in 14 games.

Texas starter Glenn Otto allowed two runs and two hits in five innings against his former team, who dealt it to Joey Gallo last July. He hit two, walked two and retired his last seven sticks after Stanton hit a 461-foot drive into the Texas bullpen in the third.

Montgomery allowed two runs and four hits in more than six innings. It was the 22nd time a New York starter had conceded two earned runs or fewer this year.

Garrett Richards (1-1) trailed Otto in the sixth and took the win when Miller homed. Dennis Santana reset Aaron Judge with loaded bases to finish the seventh, Brett Martin threw a perfect eighth, and Joe Barlow threw the ninth for his fourth save.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/08/michael-kings-rare-off-night-sinks-yankees-against-rangers/ Michael King’s rare night sinks Yankees vs. Rangers

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