The Norman Transcript

May 4, 2014

Tanaka goes to 4-0 in Yanks’ win

Associated Press
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka extended his regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 starts, and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs to help the Yankees rally past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 Saturday and end a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers around an RBI single by Ryan Hanigan, falling behind 3-0 by the fourth. He is 32-0 in the regular season for Japan’s Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yankees since losing to Seibu on Aug. 19, 2012.

Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth off Josh Lueke (0-2).

Jake Odorizzi retired the first nine Yankees in order, then allowed New York to go 4 for 8 with two walks before he was removed.

Red Sox 6, Athletics 3: BOSTON — Jon Lester (3-4) struck out a career-high 15, allowing one hit over eight scoreless innings — Craig Gentry’s leadoff bloop single in the third over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Jonny Gomes hit a grand slam in the first off Tommy Milone (0-3), and David Ortiz and David Ross added solo homers in Boston’s second straight win after losing a day-night doubleheader to Tampa Bay.

After Oakland scored three runs in the ninth against Chris Capuano, helped by two errors, Koji Uehara got out of a one-out, two-on jam for his seventh save.

Twins 6, Orioles 1: MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season and Minnesota ended its four-game losing streak.

Mauer had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that broke open the game. Dozier’s eighth homer, a solo shot off Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) in the third, gave the Twins the lead for good.

Correia (1-3) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters.

Mariners 9, Astros 8: HOUSTON — Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer off Raul Valdes that capped an eight-run seventh inning that built a 9-2 lead.

Dallas Keuchel (2-2) left after walking the first three batters of the seventh, and Jose Cisneros forced in the run that made it 2-2 when he walked Mike Zunino. Michael Saunders followed with a two-run double.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) made his first appearance after starting the season on the disabled list because of a sprained middle finger and allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Fernando Rodney pitched 1 1-3 innings for his seventh save.

Indians 2, White Sox 0: CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson (1-1) held the AL’s highest-scoring offense in check, allowing four hits and striking out six in 7 1-3 innings to win for the first time in nine starts since Aug. 21. John Axford pitched the ninth for his ninth save, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.

Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, who leads the majors in homers and RBIs, fielded Lonnie Chisenhall’s sixth-inning grounder and, unable to get the ball out of his mitt, flipped the glove about 10 feet to pitcher Scott Carroll (1-1) covering the bag for the out.

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