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Tanaka goes to 9-1 as Yanks snap A's streak

IN A SEASON full of bumps for the New York Yankees, there has been one sure thing. Namely, Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating visiting Oakland, 2-1, yesterday and ending the Athletics' five-game winning streak.

Facing the A's for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run the Japanese rookie allowed in six innings, and he exited with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.

"I think there's an expectation when he goes out there that he's going to give you distance, that he's going to shut them down," manager Joe Girardi said.

And given the Yankees' recent rut, he added: "I think you could say it's his biggest performance for us."

David Robertson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helped by a lucky bounce.

Stephen Vogt singled with one out and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second. Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard grounder that deflected off Robertson's leg, and first baseman Mark Teixeira corralled the carom and flipped to the pitcher covering the bag for an out. Pinch-hitter Derek Norris looked at strike three for the final out.

"I was probably the happiest guy in the stadium that the ball hit me," Robertson said.

The Yankees wrapped up a 2-5 homestand that left them one game over .500.

In other AL games

* At Detroit, Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off Justin Verlander (6-5), and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 7-3 victory.

J.A. Happ (5-2) got the win for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who have won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defending champion Boston, AL West-leading Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit.

* At Houston, Jason Springer knocked in three runs to lead the Astros to an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels, who have lost six of their last eight.

* At Arlington, Rougned Odor had a leadoff single in the seventh and scored the tiebreaking run with the help of two errors by Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy as the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-6 win.

In NL games

* At Cincinnati, lefthander Madison Bumgarner (8-3) got his career-high sixth straight win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Reds, 6-1, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in 5 years.

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot to lead the Giants, who at 39-21 own the best record in the major leagues

* At Chicago, starter Travis Wood pitched five innings and had a home run and three RBI to lead the Cubs to a 7-4 win over the New York Mets. Wood, who gave up four hits and two runs before exiting, hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

In interleague games

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., J.T. Realmuto had three RBI in his major league debut, Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs, and the Miami Marlins handed Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss by beating the Rays, 11-6.

The Rays held a moment of silence for Don Zimmer before the game. The Rays will also have a ceremony for their team senior adviser before tomorrow's game with Seattle.

* At Kansas City, Yordano Ventura (3-5) went five innings and Salvador Perez singled in two of the Royals' three sixth-inning runs en route to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

* At Minneapolis, Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis and Lyle Overbay all homered as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from a 4-0 deficit and earned an 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Noteworthy

* Colorado placed righthander Jordan Lyles on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. Lyles broke a bone just below the knuckle of his middle finger when he tried to tag out Martin Prado at home after a wild pitch in the first inning Wednesday night. The team also placed lefthanded reliever Boone Logan on the DL with inflammation in his elbow.

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