Tanaka maintains unbeaten record

AP, Kyodo

The fan wanted a hug. Derek Jeter just wanted to get out of the way.

Jeter calmly eluded a fan that tried to meet him in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees’ 5-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the seventh and Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer for the Yankees, who have won three straight and four of six.

Tanaka (5-0) allowed two runs and seven hits in his first interleague game. The Japanese right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

“Everything I threw was mediocre,” Tanaka said. “I didn’t have a pitch I could turn to when I needed it. It’s always bad to leave a game with runners on base in the middle of an inning.”

Tanaka also struck out in each of his first three major league at-bats.

“That’s pretty much what I’d expect,” he said. “As I’ve been saying all along, I didn’t have a whole lot of confidence.”

Yovani Gallardo (2-2) matched Tanaka pitch for pitch until New York scored four times in the fourth on four hits, highlighted by Solarte’s second home run of the season.

“That’s what’s frustrating about this game,” Gallardo said. “You have to stay away from the big inning.”

Gallardo was impressed with Tanaka.

“He kept the ball down in the zone and he was moving the ball around,” Gallardo said. “He was pretty good at keeping our guys off balance.”

It was New York’s first game in Milwaukee since 2005, and it took a surprising turn when a guy jumped out of the left-field stands and walked briskly toward Jeter at shortstop in the sixth inning.

Jeter didn’t appear to notice the fan at first. Jeter, who plans to retire after this season, took a few steps away as several security guards rushed in to tackle the person.

Jeter said the guy, who was wearing a Ryan Braun jersey and white bandana, didn’t appear threatening.

“His face was calm,” Jeter said. “He was saying he wanted a hug. I was thinking I wasn’t going to hug him. That was pretty much it. It happened pretty quick. I didn’t even see him until he got past the third-base line.”


Braves 3, Cubs 2 (10)

In Atlanta, Freedie Freeman’s single up the middle drove in Jason Heyward from second in the 10th and the Braves recovered from Craig Kimbrel’s blown save.

Reds 4, Rockies 3

In Cincinnati, Joey Votto hit a game-ending solo homer, and the Reds shut down Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, who saw his hitting streak snapped at 28 games.

Giants 3, Dodgers 1

In Los Angeles, Madison Bumgarner pitched eight superb innings and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer.

Padres 10, Marlins 1

In San Diego, Jedd Gyorko hit two home runs off Jose Fernandez and the Padres snapped a three-game losing streak.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 4

In Pittsburgh, Neil Walker had three hits, including a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh.

Phillies 3, Mets 2 (11)

In New York, Marlon Byrd sliced an RBI double just inside the right field line in the 11th inning.