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Yankees' Tanaka blanks Mets

The Yankees´ Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, shutting out the Mets on four hits, allowing no walks, and striking out eight batters. He threw 114 pitches and improved his record to 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA.
The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, shutting out the Mets on four hits, allowing no walks, and striking out eight batters. He threw 114 pitches and improved his record to 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. AL BELLO / Getty Images
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major-league shutout, and the New York Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira in a 4-0 victory over the Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

Brian Roberts tripled twice, and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight.

The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again.

Tanaka (6-0) had plenty to do with that, overwhelming the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero's big-league debut. Montero (0-1), the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, threw six competitive innings but was no match for Tanaka.

"In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guy's never lost and the other guy's never pitched," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. "So, it's interesting. We'll see how many rocks Rafael's got."

Giants 10, Braves 4 - Gregor Blanco supplied the speed. Hunter Pence, Michael Morse, and Brandon Crawford provided the pop. And on a warm, windless afternoon along the bay, AT&T Park played awfully small for the San Francisco Giants.

Pence, Morse, and Crawford homered as Blanco accomplished a rare feat on the bases, powering San Francisco past Atlanta.

Blanco became the fourth player for San Francisco to steal three bases and score three runs in a game. Bobby Bonds, Kevin Mitchell, and Darren Lewis are the others.

"He wreaked havoc," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The scoring surge gave Madison Bumgarner (5-3) more than enough room for error. Bumgarner allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, striking out five and walking one.

Three relievers kept the Braves scoreless over the final four innings as the Giants continued to dominate the matchup of NL division leaders. San Francisco finished 5-1 against Atlanta this season.

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 1 - Ian Desmond is not known as a first-pitch hitter.

Facing a side-arming righthander, one who had not allowed a run in 19 games, he changed tactics - and it worked out quite well for Washington.

Desmond and Tyler Moore each lined two-run singles off Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning, helping the Nationals beat host Arizona to salvage what started as a difficult road trip.

Associated Press
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