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Tanaka impresses as Yankees down Twins

June 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one unearned run in eight innings Saturday as the New York Yankees downed the Minnesota Twins 3-1

Tanaka (8-1) lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.06 as he gave up four singles, just two leaving the infield. Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to give the Yankees the win.

Tanaka walked two and bounced two wild pitches. But he was especially sharp against Joe Mauer, the three-time AL batting champion.

Mauer, who faced Tanaka in spring training, struck out on three pitches in the first inning with a runner on third. Mauer fanned on four pitches with runners on second and third in the third, then tapped into a double play and later grounded out.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left in the sixth inning with soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist, the same problem that forced him to miss three games this week.

At Baltimore, Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 20th homer and drove in three runs to back a solid start by Chris Tillman, as the Orioles ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros.

Tillman (5-2) allowed one run on four hits over 6 2-3 innings to bounce back after allowing 14 runs combined in his last two starts. Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

In the day’s other AL game, Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays trounced the Kansas City Royals 12-2.

At Philadelphia, David Wright had an RBI single with two outs in the 14th inning to lead the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second straight National League marathon game between the teams.

New York needed 5 hours, 32 minutes to win this one after losing to the Phillies 6-5 in a 14-inning game Friday night that took 5:23 to complete.

The Phillies and Mets have played 37 innings in three games with two more still to play in the rare five-game series.

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each drove in a pair of runs to help lead the Braves to a 9-5 win over the Miami Marlins.

Ervin Santana (5-2) won for the first time since May 10 against the Cubs as he allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out four.

In other NL games, Anthony Rizzo hit two two-run homers as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0, the St. Louis Cardinals shut out the San Francisco Giants 2-0, the Los Angeles Dodgers trounced the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 and the Cincinnati Reds were 5-0 winners over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer in the second innings and added the go-ahead single in the eighth to help the Cleveland Indians beat interleague rivals the Colorado Rockies.

Also in interleague play, the Washington Nationals downed the Texas Rangers 10-2 , the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 and the Boston Red Sox thumped the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1.

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