Yankees beat the Mets in Tanaka's 1st shutout
AP Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira at Citi Field.
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.
Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero's major league debut. Montero (0-1) threw six competitive innings but was no match for the US$155 million rookie from Japan.
Chicago's Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to continue his powerful start to his Major League Baseball career and lift the White Sox to a 4-2 win at Oakland on Wednesday, ending a run of four-straight defeats.
Elsewhere, National League-leading San Francisco reached double figures in a win over see-sawing Atlanta, Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Baltimore and Kansas City edged Colorado in an interleague clash.
Chicago's rookie Cuban slugger Abreu became just the fourth player in major league history to hit 15 homers in his first 42 games, joining Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner.
Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game for the White Sox, who ended a seven-game losing skid at the Coliseum.
Beckham and Conor Gillaspie started the eighth-inning rally with one-out singles against Fernando Abad (0-1), and Abreu greeted Luke Gregerson with a shot over the left-field fence.
San Francisco dominated Atlanta in a clash of NL divisional leaders, with Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford all hitting homers in a 10-4 win.
Gregor Blanco stole three bases and scored three runs for the Giants who won five of six against the Braves this season.
Pence finished with four hits and three RBIs, Crawford collected three hits and three RBIs and Morse connected for his team-leading ninth home run.
Detroit overcame an uncharacteristically shaky performance by ace Justin Verlander to beat Baltimore 7-5 and complete the three-game sweep.
Verlander (5-2) allowed a season-worst five runs in six innings. He still improved to 7-0 in eight career outings at Camden Yards, but it was the first time in 15 games a Detroit starter allowed more than three runs.
Rajai Davis homered and had two RBIs for the Tigers, who have won eight-straight road games.
Kansas City's pitchers performed strongly to guide the Royals to a 3-2 win over Colorado.
Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning to account for all the hosts' scoring and the pitching staff made it stand up from there.
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