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Unbeaten Tanaka carries Yankees with shutout


May 14. 2014 11:46PM
Associated Press



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NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the New York Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira in a 4-0 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night.


Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight.


The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again.


Tanaka (6-0) had plenty to do with that, overwhelming the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero’s big league debut. Montero (0-1), the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan.


Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year — before earning a save in Game 7.


The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 76 of 114 pitches for strikes during his first complete game in the majors. He made it look easy most of the night in giving the Yankees’ taxed bullpen a much-needed break.


Tanaka even singled in the ninth inning for his first major league hit — giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season.


INTERLEAGUE


Angels 3, Phillies 0


PHILADELPHIA — Garrett Richards tossed a five-hitter over seven sharp innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Philadelphia Phillies to sweep a two-game interleague series.


Mike Trout went 1 for 4 with a triple, walk and stolen base. The two-time All-Star finished his first homecoming series 2 for 9. Trout grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey. More than 4,000 people from the small town came to see him Tuesday night and there were plenty of fans wearing No. 27 Angels jerseys in the stands again.


Richards (4-0) struck out eight, had no walks and lowered his ERA to 2.42. Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect eighth and Joe Smith finished off the five-hitter for his fifth save in seven tries.


Phillies starter A.J. Burnett (2-3) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked five.


Royals 3, Rockies 2


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Much-maligned Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning, and Jason Vargas and the Kansas City bullpen made the meager offense work in a victory over the Colorado Rockies for a two-game sweep.


Vargas (4-1) did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and did not allow a run until Drew Stubbs belted a two-run homer to left in the seventh that made things interesting.


AMERICAN LEAGUE


Rays 2, Mariners 0


SEATTLE — Jake Odorizzi pitched one-hit ball for six innings, but the Tampa Bay Rays lost All-Star Ben Zobrist in a win over the Seattle Mariners.


Zobrist dislocated his left thumb on a headfirst slide while trying to steal second base in the fifth. The valuable all-purpose player jammed himself into the bag after being tagged out, walked off the field holding his hand and later had his thumb adjusted back into place.


Zobrist will remain with the team for the final four games of a West Coast road trip and be re-evaluated when the Rays return home.


Odorizzi (2-3) picked up his first win since the opening week of the season, teaming with three relievers on a combined two-hitter.


Brandon Maurer (1-2) and the Seattle bullpen held the Rays to three hits.


Tigers 7, Orioles 5


BALTIMORE — Rajai Davis homered, and Detroit overcame a rare shaky performance by Justin Verlander to complete a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.


Verlander (5-2) allowed a season-high five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. He still improved to 7-0 in eight outings at Camden Yards. But it was the first time in 15 games a Detroit starter allowed more than three runs.


Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz had two hits, including his 11th home run. Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to nine games.


White Sox 4, Athletics 2


OAKLAND, Calif. — Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Chicago White Sox snap a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.


Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game for the White Sox, who rallied against Oakland’s bullpen to end a seven-game losing streak at the Coliseum.


John Jaso and Josh Donaldson hit solo homers off Andre Rienzo for the Athletics.


NATIONAL LEAGUE


Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 1


PHOENIX — Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each lined two-run singles in the ninth inning to break open a close game, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Nationals starter Doug Fister locked into a pitcher’s duel with Brandon McCarthy before Washington poured it on in the ninth.


Washington loaded the bases against Brad Ziegler (0-1) and Desmond ended the right-hander’s scoreless streak at 18 1-3 innings with a single through the hole on the left side. Moore made it 5-1 with a broken-bat single up the middle.


Giants 10, Braves 4


SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford homered to power the San Francisco Giants past the Atlanta Braves.


Gregor Blanco stole three bases and scored three runs as the Giants continued to dominate the matchup of NL division leaders. San Francisco finished 5-1 against Atlanta this season.




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