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Yankees rally to extend Tanaka’s unbeaten streak

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, attempts to pick off a runner at first base during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, attempts to pick off a runner at first base during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Masahiro Tanaka extended his regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 starts, and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs to help the Yankees rally past the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3, yesterday and end a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers around an RBI single by Ryan Hanigan, falling behind 3-0 by the fourth. He is 32-0 in the regular season for Japan’s Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yankees since losing to Seibu on Aug. 19, 2012.

Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth off Josh Lueke (0-2).

Jake Odorizzi retired the first nine Yankees in order, then allowed New York to go 4-for-8 with two walks before he was removed.


Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season and Minnesota ended its four-game losing streak.

Mauer had three hits and four RBI, including a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that broke open the game. Dozier’s eighth homer, a solo shot off Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) in the third, gave the Twins the lead for good.

Correia (1-3) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters. He had been 0-6 in nine starts since winning at Texas on Sept. 1.


Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer off Raul Valdes that capped an eight-run seventh inning that built a 9-2 lead.

Dallas Keuchel (2-2) left after walking the first three batters of the seventh, and Jose Cisneros forced in the run that made it 2-2 when he walked Mike Zunino. Michael Saunders followed with a two-run double.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) made his first appearance after starting the season on the disabled list because of a sprained middle finger and allowed four runs and six hits in 6.2 innings. Fernando Rodney pitched 1.1 innings for his seventh save.


Justin Masterson (1-1) held the AL’s highest-scoring offense in check, allowing four hits and striking out six in 7.1 innings to win for the first time in nine starts since Aug. 21. John Axford pitched the ninth for his ninth save, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.

Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, who leads the majors in homers and RBI, fielded Lonnie Chisenhall’s sixth-inning grounder and, unable to get the ball out of his mitt, flipped the glove about 10 feet to pitcher Scott Carroll (1-1) covering the bag for the out.

Cleveland center fielder Michael Bourn left in the fourth because of tightness in his left hamstring. Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi came out in the sixth with a cramp in his right calf.

Errors by third baseman Marcus Semien and catcher Tyler Flowers made both runs unearned.


Drew Smyly (2-1) picked up where fellow Tigers starter Rick Porcello left off, allowing two hits in seven shutout innings.

Joba Chamberlain threw a perfect eighth and Phil Coke allowed two runs in the ninth.

Nick Castellanos drove in three runs for the Tigers, the first off spot starter Danny Duffy (1-2) and two more off the bullpen. Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in a six-run ninth as Detroit beat Kansas City for the fifth straight time.

Giants 3, Braves 1

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse led off innings with home runs, and streaking San Francisco beat slumping Atlanta in a matchup of first-place teams.

The NL West-leading Giants have won four straight and eight of nine. The Braves, who lead the NL East, have lost five straight for the first time since May 21-28, 2012.

San Francisco had only four hits but has homered in 10 straight games, a feat it previously accomplished from Sept. 23-Oct. 3, 2010.

Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) allowed one run, five hits and four walks in six innings, and Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up just four hits with no walks in seven innings, but allowed a season-high three runs.


Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth against Todd Redmond (0-3), capping a comeback from a 5-0 deficit.

A night after wasting a 5-3, ninth-inning lead in a 6-5 loss, Toronto led 6-2 in the seventh but the Pirates tied the score against Aaron Loup on Josh Harrison’s RBI double, Pedro Alvarez’s run-scoring groundout and pinch-hitter Jordy Mercer’s two-run double.

Bryan Morris (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Mark Melancon earned his first save of the season in place of injured closer Jason Grilli, retiring Colby Ramus on a game-ending groundout with two on. Pittsburgh, which overcame four errors, won consecutive games for the first time since beating St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs on April 6 and 8.


Ryan Howard and Cody Asche homered, and A.J. Burnett (2-1) allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

Jimmy Rollins had four hits and Marlon Byrd doubled and drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia, which won for just the third time in 11 games against the Nationals.

Adam LaRoche and Zach Walters homered for Washington.

Tanner Roark (2-1) had the poorest start of his two-year big league career, allowing seven runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.


Johnny Cueto (3-2) gave up three hits over eight innings, including solo homers by Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds, and singled in a run. Cueto, who walked one and struck out 10, is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven innings in each of his first seven starts in a season since Bucky Walters in 1944

Yovani Gallardo (2-1) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Ryan Ludwick singled home a run, and Brayan Pena drove in two more with a single in a three-run fourth.


Jake Arrieta struck out seven and allowed four hits over 5.1 innings in his season debut, helping the Cubs to their first three-game winning streak this season.

Arrieta, slowed by shoulder stiffness this spring, walked two and threw 82 pitches.

Chicago’s bullpen finished a seven-hitter. Brian Schlitter (1-0) got two outs for the win, and Hector Rondon worked around a pair of leadoff singles in the ninth for his third save.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo had a solo shot for the Cubs, who hadn’t won three straight a series sweep at San Francisco last July 26-28.

Michael Wacha (2-3) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.

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