Tanaka Earns 11th Win as Yankees Rule Blue Jays Again
New York — Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 on Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win over the Blue Jays.
Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole and the Yankees sent the AL East leaders to their seventh loss in 10 games.
Tanaka (11-1) struck out 10 in six innings and left with an AL-best 1.99 ERA. The Japanese rookie has made 14 starts this season — he’s gone at least six innings in every outing and never permitted more than three earned runs.
Tanaka made his big league debut April 4 at Toronto and Melky Cabrera tagged him for a leadoff home run on the third pitch.
Royals 11, Tigers 4
Detroit — Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas homered as part of a seven-run second inning, and the Royals took over first place in the AL Central with their ninth straight victory.
Gordon and Moustakas hit two-run shots off Max Scherzer, and Kansas City has won the first two games of this four-game series emphatically. The Royals, who trailed the Tigers by seven games after a May 20 loss, now lead Detroit by a half-game atop the division.
Orioles 7, Rays 5
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Chris Davis hit a replay-delayed grand slam and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.
Davis was awarded a slam off Erik Bedard (3-5) during a five-run third-inning after a video review showed his drive struck the foul pole.
Angels 9, Indians 3
Cleveland — Mike Trout homered twice and drove in four runs, rookie Matt Shoemaker remained unbeaten as a starter, and Los Angeles defeated Cleveland.
Trout’s three-run homer in the fifth broke a 3-all tie and capped a four-run inning.
Phillies 5, Braves 2
Atlanta — Ryan Howard homered, Kyle Kendrick won consecutive starts for the first time in 11 months and Philadelphia beat Atlanta.
The Phillies, winners of two straight and six of eight, got a solid start from Kendrick (3-6), who had gone 2-11 in his previous 20 starts since last Aug. 11.
Marlins 6, Cubs 5
Miami — Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Miami rallied to beat Chicago.
Adeiny Hechavarria started the Marlins’ seventh with a bunt single for his fourth hit. Rafael Furcal had a two-out, two-run single in the fourth for his first RBIs since 2012.
Cardinals 5, Mets 2
St. Louis — Michael Wacha escaped a pair of jams with strikeouts, and St. Louis snapped a fifth-inning tie en route to a victory over New York.
Yadier Molina hit his first homer since May 24 for the Cardinals, who have won eight of nine and will go for a three-game sweep today.
Mariners 6, Padres 1
Seattle — Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Jesus Montero went deep too — hitting his first big league homer in more than a year to help Seattle sweep a two-game set over San Diego.
White Sox 8, Giants 2
Chicago — Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo hit two-run home runs, John Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak.
Nationals 6, Astros 5
Washington — Anthony Rendon doubled twice and drove in three runs, and Washington opened a six-game homestand with a victory over Houston.
Ryan Zimmerman added two doubles and two RBIs as Washington snapped a four-game losing streak.
Tanner Roark (6-4) pitched five innings in winning his third straight start. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Houston’s Jose Altuve returned to the lineup, going 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs. He was limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the last three games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.
Dallas Keuchel (8-4) came in 6-1 with a 1.33 ERA over his last seven starts, but struggled with his command.