Yankees relievers Jonathan Holder and Dellin Betances continued to dominate out of the bullpen in Monday's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning while Betances struck out the side in his 11th consecutive scoreless outing.
Gray struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five-plus innings, but struggled against Washington's Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto, who reached base five times in their six plate appearances.
That continued in the sixth inning when Gray walked Rendon and allowed a single to Soto to put runners on the corners with nobody out. That's when manager Aaron Boone turned to Holder, who had not allowed an earned run since April 6.
Holder struck out Mark Reynolds on a 12-pitch at-bat, then struck out Daniel Murphy on three pitches to bring up Pedro Severino, who popped out to short to end the inning.
According to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Holder has come in with 11 inherited runners on base in his last 22 innings but has only allowed three to score. Holder has allowed three unearned runs, nine hits and three walks in that span.
Betances, meanwhile, has allowed just one run over his last 15 appearances. Since starting the season with a 5.63 ERA, it has gone down to 3.09 over his last 16 innings. He has 18 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in nine innings in June.
David Robertson pitched around a two-out walk in the seventh inning while Aroldis Chapman needed 25 pitches in the ninth inning for his 21st save of the season, but the four relievers helped Gray win his fifth game of the season.
Though Rendon and Soto went 4-for-5 with a walk against Gray, the rest of the Nationals went 2-for-15 off him. The 28-year-old Gray pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth inning by striking out Bryce Harper on a 2-2 curveball, but was not given the chance in the sixth.
Fortunately for him, Holder and the rest of the relievers came through.