Tyler Glasnow’s first three starts this season were downright poetic. The 6-foot-8 right-hander was playing loose and relaxed, striking out everyone in sight and seeing positive results follow promptly.

Saturday’s box score suggested more of the same, but Glasnow took a much bumpier road to achieve a similarly excellent result. He grinded every inch of the way through a five-inning, one-run outing during a 6-3 win against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. They’ll have a chance to sweep the American League East rivals on Sunday.

Glasnow left the bases loaded after a 30-pitch first, and he stranded runners on the corners in a 24-pitch second. Those frames marked the highest one-inning pitch counts Glasnow has thrown this season, and both innings featured a mound visit from pitching coach Kyle Snyder.

Glasnow spiked sliders and sailed four-seamers. After yielding just three walks in three starts, he allowed three walks to the first eight Yankees hitters he faced Saturday.

From there, Glasnow appeared to settle in by leaning on his high-90s fastball. The pitch, which had yielded a 2-for-25 (.080) result from opposing batters entering the day, per Statcast, was used to fan three Yankees throughout perfect third and fourth innings.