OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs and suffered his seventh loss of the season on Thursday as the Oakland Athletics defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 to sweep their three-game series.
Tanaka (9-7) gave up a leadoff double and two straight walks before conceding three runs in the first inning at Oakland Coliseum, and yielded three consecutive hits in the Athletics’ two-run third as the Yankees suffered their fourth straight loss.
“That first inning was all me. It hurt to issue those multiple walks,” Tanaka said. “From the second inning on I was able to pitch out of some difficult situations.”
The 30-year-old right-hander, who is one decision away from becoming the first Japanese to record six consecutive MLB seasons with 10 or more wins, gave up eight hits total while striking out five in six innings.
Oakland has won three of Tanner Roark’s four starts since he was acquired from Cincinnati.
Roark (2-1) won his second straight decision and allowed two runs on seven hits in 6⅓ innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
After completing the sweep, Roark had this to say: “”It shows what these guys in here in the clubhouse and all the coaches are all about. We’re fighters and we’re not going to give in, we’re going to have fun, we’re going to do the small things great, get runs across the board and try to do our best to put up zeroes.”
Tanaka, making his team-leading 26th start and pitching on an extra day of rest, dug himself an early hole allowing Marcus Semien’s leadoff double in the first, then giving up a pair of walks before an RBI groundout by Matt Olson. The next batter, Mark Canha, stroked a two-run single off Tanaka to make it 3-0.
Dodgers 3, Blue Jays 2
In Los Angeles, Kenta Maeda fanned nine over six solid innings but gave up two runs and settled for a no-decision as the Dodgers rallied late to beat Toronto.
Maeda had also recorded Los Angeles’ sole hit of the game — a single in the third — before three straight hits in the ninth allowed the club to record a walk-off win for the second night in a row.
Casey Sadler (3-0) got the win for the NL West leaders.
Rays 5, Orioles 2
In Baltimore, the Orioles set the major league record for home runs allowed in a season, giving up drives to Austin Meadows and Willy Adames in a rain-delayed loss to Tampa Bay that ended shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.
About 200 fans were left at Camden Yards when the Rays closed out the win.
Meadows hit the record-setting 259th home run off Baltimore this year, connecting in the third inning. The last-place Orioles began the day tied with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the dubious mark.
Mets 2, Indians 0
In New York, Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him as the Mets won a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight victory.
Astros 6, Tigers 3
In Houston, Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings and Alex Bregman homered for the hosts.
White Sox 6, Rangers 1
In Chicago, Yoan Moncada lined a two-run homer on his return from the injured list and Ross Detwiler struck out a career-high eight for the White Sox.
Red Sox 5, Royals 4 (10)
In Boston, Brock Holt hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Red Sox won a weather-suspended game that began Aug. 7.
Cubs 1, Giants 0
In Chicago, Kyle Hendricks pitched seven sharp innings as the Cubs collected their fifth straight win despite getting only two hits.
Nationals 7, Pirates 1
In Pittsburgh, Max Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list, giving up one run and four hits to lead Washington past the hosts.
Cardinals 6, Rockies 5
In St. Louis, Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler each smacked two-run homers to guide the Cardinals past Colorado.
Braves 3, Marlins 2
In Atlanta, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth as the Braves won their fifth straight by edging Miami.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5