May 18 (UPI) -- Ace pitcher Gerrit Cole continued his 2021 season by setting another record in the first inning of the New York Yankees' loss to Texas on Monday -- a new mark for strikeouts without allowing a walk.
Cole allowed a Willie Calhoun double in his first exchange of the 5-2 loss at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. He then struck out Nick Solak, Nate Lowe and Joey Gallo in order to end the inning.
The three strikeouts pushed Cole to a streak of 59 strikeouts without allowing a walk. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes set the previous mark last week when he threw 58 strikeouts without allowing a walk.
"That's pretty cool," Cole told reporters after the game. "I wish it would have come in a win. I'm kind of more focused on the fact that we lost."
Cole threw two more strikeouts, but walked Gallo in the third inning for his first walk since April 12. Cole pushed the new mark to 61 strikeouts and no walks over 41 2/3 innings.
Gio Urshela gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the top of the first frame, but the Rangers got to Cole in the bottom of the second inning.
Adolis Garcia hit a leadoff homer off the Yankees ace. Rangers shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI double for a 2-1 lead. Jose Trevino drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI single.
Calhoun hit another solo homer for the Rangers in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Rangers pushed the lead to 5-1 on a throwing error in the sixth inning.
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit drove in the final run of the game with a solo homer in the top of the eighth inning.
Cole allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings and was denied in his quest for an American League-best sixth win. He threw seven strikeouts in the loss.
The three-time All-Star is 5-2 this season with 85 strikeouts and a career-best 2.03 ERA.
Rangers starter Jordan Lyles allowed six hits and one run in six innings to improve to 2-3 this season. Calhoun and Garcia each went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Rangers.
The Rangers next host the Yankees in the second game of the series at 7:05 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Globe Life Field.