Tanaka baffles Mets in win


Masahiro Tanaka has been every bit the ace the New York Yankees went shopping for last winter.

Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.

“Overall, I think that today was my best day,” Tanaka said through a translator.

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

Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero’s big league debut. Montero, 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.

“In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guy’s never lost and the other guy’s never pitched,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. “So, it’s interesting. We’ll see how many rocks Rafael’s got.”

Not enough.

Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts.

“I just go up there and basically try to win every single game,” Tanaka said.

The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors. He lowered his ERA to 2.17.

Tanaka became the first Yankees rookie to begin his career 6-0 as a starter since Hall of Famer Whitey Ford went 9-0 in 1950. That sort of dependability has been sorely needed, with the Yankees already missing CC Sabathia and two other injured starters.

“He’s been special,” manager Joe Girardi said.

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.

Royals 3, Rockies 2

In Kansas City, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning, and Jason Vargas and the Royals’ bullpen made it stand up.

Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Angels 3, Phillies 0

In Philadelphia, Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings and Los Angeles swept the two-game series.


Red Sox 9, Twins 4

In Minneapolis, David Ortiz homered twice for the second straight game and Boston beat Minnesota.

White Sox 4, Athletics 2

In Oakland, Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Chicago snap a four-game losing streak.

Abreu, a rookie slugger from Cuba, is the fourth player in major league history to hit 15 homers in his first 42 games, joining Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner.

Tigers 7, Orioles 5

In Baltimore, Rajai Davis homered, and Detroit overcame a rare shaky performance by Justin Verlander to complete a three-game sweep.

Rays 2, Mariners 0

In Seattle, Jake Odorizzi pitched one-hit ball for six innings, but Tampa Bay lost All-Star Ben Zobrist in a win.

Indians 15, Blue Jays 4

In Toronto, David Murphy had five hits and five RBIs and Lonnie Chisenhall added five hits and an RBI for Cleveland.

Astros 5, Rangers 4

In Houston, Matt Dominguez hit an RBI single off the right-field wall in the ninth and the Astros won a series against their in-state rivals for the first time since 2008.


Pirates 4, Brewers 1

In Milwaukee, backup catcher Chris Stewart’s single keyed a three-run burst in the ninth inning against Francisco Rodriguez and sent Pittsburgh past the Brewers.

Giants 10, Braves 4

In San Francisco, Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford homered to power the Giants past Atlanta.

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 1

In Phoenix, Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each lined two-run singles in the ninth inning to break open a close game

Marlins 13, Dodgers 3

In Los Angeles, Ed Lucas homered for Miami during a six-run second inning in which second baseman Dee Gordon’s fielding error led to five unearned runs, and the Marlins scored another six runs two innings later.

Cubs at Cardinals — ppd.

Padres at Reds —ppd.