NEW YORK: Masahiro Tanaka improved to 8-1 and Brian McCann hit a go-ahead RBI single with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the New York Yankees to victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday.
The Yankees won for the fourth time in their last 12 home games by stringing together a rally against left-handed reliever Brian Duensing, who had not been scored upon in his previous nine appearances.
Tanaka, in his rookie MLB season after a dominant career in Japan, allowed an unearned run and four hits in eight innings while walking two and striking out nine.
Right fielder Oscar Taveras, playing in his first major league game, made his first hit a big one when he smashed a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco’s four-game winning streak ended, but the Giants (36-20) still have the best record in the league. Caleb Joseph sparked an unexpected rally that culminated with a sudden and shocking lack of control from Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel and the Baltimore Orioles halted a four-game skid with a road win over the Astros.
Houston’s season-high seven-game winning streak ended as Keuchel, who had walked just one batter in his previous four starts, issued three consecutive walks in the fifth inning after Joseph lined a two-out single to right field.
Will Venable had four hits and drove in two runs, and the San Diego pitchers had another good day as the Padres beat the Chicago White Sox.
Venable also stole a base and scored once in support of a solid start from Tyson Ross (6-4), who gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings before giving way to the bullpen, which provided another lockdown performance culminating with Huston Street’s 17th save in as many chances.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched six strong innings in his first major-league start and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals to halt a two-game slide.
Stroman (2-0) allowed five hits, no walks and one run while striking out six after being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo for the start.
He had a 12.79 ERA in five relief appearances in his first stint this season with Toronto.
In other match, Washington Nationals got the better of Texas Rangers.
An RBI single by second baseman Mike Aviles in the eighth inning was the difference as the Cleveland Indians edged the Colorado Rockies.
Aviles, whose three-run home run in the second inning capped a four-run Cleveland rally, became the hero in the eighth inning after the Indians blew a four-run lead.REUTERS