NEW YORK – The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka struggled with his command on Sunday night but still held the high-scoring Los Angeles Angels to two earned runs in 6⅓ innings as New York came from behind to win 3-2 at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka, who entered the game with just two walks in four starts, walked four and hit a batter, but he also struck out 11 to raise his season total to 46 in 35⅔ innings.
Tanaka surrendered five hits and for the first time since his last regular season loss on Aug. 19, 2012, at Seibu Dome, a teammate took over for him with their team trailing.
“My rhythm was poor,” Tanaka said. “I thought if I worked carefully I could avoid being sloppy.”
Mark Teixeira scored twice and prevented Tanaka from suffering his first regular-season defeat in almost two years, when the left-handed slugger homered to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh against impressive Angels right-hander Garret Richards.
The Yankees, who had three hits all night, scored the winning run in the eighth with one out.
Jacoby Ellsbury drew the first of two walks issued by right-hander Michael Kohn (1-1), and lefty Nick Maronde entered the game to complete the bullpen blowup. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position before a wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run.
For the first three innings, Tanaka dodged trouble by getting the Angels to swing and miss at a split-fingered fastball that tumbled down out of the zone.
The Angels, however, did well to exploit their opponent’s off night, hitting first-pitch fastballs hard when Tanaka tried to use those to get ahead in counts, and that led to both of their runs.
Erick Aybar doubled on a first-pitch fastball to open the fourth. After a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases, Aybar scored when No. 9 hitter J.B. Shuck grounded out.
While Tanaka was frequently under the gun, the Yankees only managed a scratch single and a walk against Richards through four innings, but managed to tie it in the fifth.
Teixeira opened with a walk, went to third on Brian Roberts’ double and scored the tying run on a groundout by Ichiro Suzuki, who was 0-for-3.
“I hadn’t really done anything and I was thinking at the very least, I had to ground out to second or short,” Ichiro said.
White Sox 9, Rays 2
In Chicago, Jose Abreu had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 1
In Toronto, Melky Cabrera, one of a record six players from the Dominican Republic in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup, hit a go-ahead double and Toronto ended a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Mariners 6, Rangers 3
In Seattle, Kyle Seager hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the eighth.
Royals 9, Orioles 3
In Baltimore, Omar Infante homered and tied a career high with six RBIs, James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball.
Norichika Aoki finished 2-for-3 and scored three runs for Kansas City.
Astros 5, Athletics 1
In Houston, Collin McHugh allowed two hits over 8⅔ stellar innings.
Tigers at Twins — ppd.
Braves 1, Reds 0 (10)
In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman’s single to the center-field wall scored Jason Heyward from second base with two outs in the 10th.
Cubs 4, Brewers 0
In Milwaukee, Jason Hammel allowed just three hits over seven innings and Starlin Castro homered twice.
Phillies 2, Diamondbacks 0
In Phoenix, A.J. Burnett pitched eight sharp innings for his first win of the season.
Mets 4, Marlins 0
In New York, Dillon Gee pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, and Chris Young hit a two-run homer.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 0
In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright became the majors’ first five-game winner and Jhonny Peralta ended the Cardinals’ 366 at-bat homerless drought with a pair of long balls in a victory over Pittsburgh.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 1
In Los Angeles, Josh Rutledge hit a three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings.
Padres 4, Nationals 2
In Washington, Cameron Maybin celebrated his return to the lineup with a pair of hits,
Giants 4, Indians 1
In San Francisco, Brandon Hicks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Giants completed a three-game sweep.