NEW YORK – Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 over seven innings of his first start at Yankee Stadium, showing off the nasty split-fingered fastball that made him the prize pitcher of the offseason after going 24-0 with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
But he also gave up another early homer, this time a soaring three-run shot to Jonathan Schoop in the second inning of the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-4 win over New York on Wednesday.
“That’s something I need to adjust,” Tanaka said of the trouble in the first couple of innings, “But it’s really hard to make an assessment just by two games.”
Nick Markakis had an RBI single and Chris Davis a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley as the Orioles rallied for their second straight win.
Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the second. Alfonso Soriano tied it with a groundout in the fourth.
Baltimore lined four straight hits to center field off Kelley, pitching the ninth for the second time in place of the injured David Robertson.
The Orioles leadoff batter grounded the first pitch of the game right back at Tanaka, hitting the right-hander on the foot before it deflected to shortstop Derek Jeter, who made the throw for the out.
In similar fashion to his first big league start at Toronto, Tanaka was tagged early before settling in.
This time, Schoop hit a drive high above the left field pole in the second inning.
But Tanaka gave up just three more singles — seven hits overall — and a walk on 101 pitches.
“Again, it seemed like he got better as the night went on,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Red Sox 4, Rangers 2
In Boston, David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Red Sox rally for a victory over Texas.
Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Blue Jays 7, Astros 3
In Toronto, Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer and Brandon Morrow won for the first time in almost 11 months.
Athletics 7, Twins 4 (11)
In Minneapolis, Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th off Jared Burton (0-1).
Royals 7, Rays 3
In Kansas City, Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer and matched a career high with four RBIs.
Angels 2, Mariners 0
In Seattle, Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game while Garrett Richards and two relievers combined on one-hitter.
Reds 4, Cardinals 0
In St. Louis, Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals to spark Cincinnati.
Diamondbacks 7, Giants 3
In San Francisco, Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer and sacrifice fly to pound Tim Lincecum again, and Arizona topped the Giants.
Nationals 10, Marlins 7
In Washington, Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth off Carlos Marmol.
Cubs 7, Pirates 5
In Chicago, Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Cubs defeated Pittsburgh despite allowing five solo home runs.
Braves 4, Mets 3
In Atlanta, Ervin Santana allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings in his Braves debut.
Brewers 9, Phillies 4
In Philadelphia, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally.
Tigers 7, Dodgers 6 (10)
In Los Angeles, Victor Martinez hit a leadoff home run in the 10th and Detroit beat the Dodgers after Joe Nathan blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Rockies 10, White Sox 4
In Denver, D.J. LeMahieu’s two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning.
Indians 2, Padres 0 (1st)
Padres 2, Indians 1 (2nd)
In Cleveland, Robbie Erlin (1-0) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, and Chase Headley’s single in the sixth off Trevor Bauer (0-1) drove in the go-ahead run as San Diego gained a doubleheader split.
In Game 2, the Indians’ Zach McAllister (1-0) allowed five hits in 7⅔ innings and Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the sixth.