Masahiro Tanaka has won 34 straight regular-season decisions, dating back to his time in Japan. Against the Mets yesterday, Tanaka tossed his first career shutout, fanning eight batters, while only allowing one hit. Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts each led the Yankees with two hits; Yangervis Solarte homered, drove in one, and scored two more.
The Yankees took the lead in the secod inning on a Brian Roberts triple, scoring Yangervis Solarte. It turns out that would be all Masahiro Tanaka needed. But the Yankees continued to give support. In the fourth and sixth, Tanaka was supported with solo shots from Solarte and Mark Teixeria, respectively. Then, in the seventh, Derek Jeter reached on an infield single to score Brett Gardner.
It was Tanaka who stole the show. His great outing overshadowed Rafael Montero's first career start. He went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two. Four players on the Mets tallied a hit off of Tanaka. Eric Young Jr.'s double was the only extra-base hit off of Tanaka.
Yankees 4, Mets 0