Tanaka improves to 4-0 as Yankees beat Rays 9-3
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth inning off Josh Lueke (0-2), who also gave up a run-scoring single to Teixeira and a sacrifice fly to Alfonso Soriano in a two-run seventh.
Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers, falling behind 3-0 by the fourth and looking shaky by the standard he set over his first five big league starts.
But the Yankees’ offense bailed him out. Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single in the fifth tied it at 3.