Tanaka finds form, Yanks beat Cards 4-3 for 5th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) For a stretch Friday night, Masahiro Tanaka looked like New York's ace for the first time this season.

Next step: keep that form over a full game.

Tanaka delivered 6 1/3 effective innings, Aroldis Chapman escaped his own jam for his third save in three days and the Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 for their fifth straight win.

Tanaka (1-1) entered with an 11.74 ERA over his first two starts, but he recovered nicely Friday after Matt Carpenter's two-run homer in the first. The Japanese right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks and struck out five.

''Especially from the start of the third inning, I thought his stuff got really sharp,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Chapman allowed a two-out walk to Randal Grichuk and a double to pinch-hitter Jose Martinez before Dexter Fowler - the closer's teammate on the World Series champion Cubs last year - grounded out to second to end it. Chapman got his third save on the season.

Dellin Betances struck out three in a scoreless eighth. New York's relievers haven't allowed an earned run over their last 13 1/3 innings.

New York has won its first four home games to start a season for the first time since 2003.

Girardi has tied Tanaka's early struggles to poor control and difficulties with his split-finger fastball. Tanaka's go-to pitch briefly betrayed him when he mis-located a trio of splitters to Carpenter - two in the dirt, one over the plate - before the Cardinals' No. 3 hitter launched his first homer of the season, a two-run shot off a 95 mph sinker.

Tanaka mostly cruised after that. He threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of his first 16 batters and retired 10 straight before Matt Adams' broken-bat single to start the seventh. A fielder's choice and a walk followed, and then Grichuk ended Tanaka's outing with an RBI double to left.

Two batters later, Fowler drove a ball to the warning track off Tyler Clippard, but right fielder Aaron Judge chased it down.

Tanaka also allowed three runs in the first inning of his previous start against Tampa Bay. Now that he's at least put together one solid outing, he's aiming to improve his first-inning performance - he called the early runs '' a little bit deflating'' through a translator.

Michael Wacha (1-1) struck out eight for struggling St. Louis but allowed two homers and four runs over six innings.

SLOPPY ST. LOUIS

The Cardinals are 3-7 this season and lost this one in part because of a messy defensive miscue. In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury was held at third on Chase Headley's double, but second baseman Kolten Wong still relayed the ball home from short right field. Catcher Yadier Molina misplayed the short-hop, and the ball rolled toward the backstop, allowing Ellsbury to score.

Wong's throw wasn't far off target, but it also wasn't necessary with Ellsbury already stopped at third.

''I mean you got Jacoby Ellsbury running on first base, ball's hit you know to the wall, obviously I'm coming up ready to throw,'' Wong said. ''I made a throw and you know, it was an error, so it is what it is.''

THREE'S ENOUGH

Girardi generally avoids using the same reliever three straight days, but said that Chapman is ''a different guy.''

''Now, he will probably lobby to pitch tomorrow,'' Girardi said. ''It will be an absolute no.''

GOING LONG

Starlin Castro homered to right-center on Wacha's 96 mph fastball in the first inning. The two-run shot was his second this season, both to the opposite field.

Austin Romine put New York up 3-2 with a solo homer in the second, hours after Girardi remarked the glove-first catcher has ''figured it out a little bit'' at the plate.

BRIGHT SPOT

Matt Bowman pitched a perfect seventh inning and has 15 consecutive scoreless innings dating to last season. He also pitched 12 scoreless innings in spring training.

St. Louis entered the night with a majors-worst 7.86 bullpen ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Tyler Lyons dominated in his rehab start with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, but manager Mike Matheny said he is still building up. Lyons is on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

Yankees: Greg Bird started at first base for the second straight game after missing four games with a sore right ankle and a stomach ailment. He went 0 for 3 and is 1 for 23 on the season with 11 strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (0-1, 3.65 ERA) gave up six runs over five innings to Cincinnati in his last start. He'll pitch Saturday with an extra day of rest.

Yankees: CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.64) has more walks (six) than strikeouts (five) through two starts but has allowed just two earned runs over two New York victories.

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CardinalsSTL3-7
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YankeesNYY6-4
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  • W: M. Tanaka (1-1)L: M. Wacha (1-1)S: A. Chapman (3)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (1), NYY - A. Romine (1), S. Castro (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF50000004.150.244.175.4190.0
A. Diaz SS41200010.300.300.600.9003.5
M. Carpenter 1B31121120.207.359.310.6697.0
S. Piscotty RF30000122.240.367.400.7670.0
M. Adams DH40100011.167.286.167.4520.5
Y. Molina C41000011.250.343.286.6290.5
J. Peralta 3B30000100.130.167.130.2971.0
R. Grichuk LF30110120.222.263.444.7083.0
K. Wong 2B30000002.148.258.222.4800.0
a- J. Martinez PH10100000.556.636.7781.4142.0
  • a-doubled for Wong in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF21000212.242.359.303.6622.5
S. Castro 2B41221002.350.366.525.8918.0
M. Holliday DH40000032.242.419.394.813-1.5
J. Ellsbury CF41200000.314.351.457.8085.0
C. Headley 3B30200111.400.488.6291.1165.5
A. Judge RF40000034.242.324.545.870-1.5
G. Bird 1B30000112.043.154.087.2410.5
A. Romine C41211012.313.368.563.9316.5
R. Torreyes SS40100002.250.250.406.6561.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Diaz (3), R. Grichuk (2), J. Martinez (2)
    • HR - M. Carpenter
    • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (4), R. Grichuk (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Headley (2)
    • HR - S. Castro (2), A. Romine
    • RBI - S. Castro 2 (6), A. Romine (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ellsbury (3), C. Headley (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Peralta, K. Wong, M. Carpenter
    • E - K. Wong (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Wacha (L, 1-1)6.09432823.001.836.0
    M. Bowman1.00000100.000.003.5
    K. Siegrist1.000021013.502.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Wacha (L, 1-1)6.0
    M. Bowman1.0
    K. Siegrist1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Tanaka (W, 1-1)6.15332518.361.1120.5
    T. Clippard (H, 3)0.20000001.800.000.0
    D. Betances (H, 2)1.00001302.081.003.5
    A. Chapman (S, 3)1.01001100.002.008.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Tanaka (W, 1-1)6.1
    T. Clippard (H, 3)0.2
    D. Betances (H, 2)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 98-61, M. Bowman 10-8, K. Siegrist 23-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 3-6, M. Bowman 1-1, K. Siegrist 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 28, M. Bowman 3, K. Siegrist 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 103-68, T. Clippard 8-7, D. Betances 20-10, A. Chapman 22-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-6, A. Chapman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, T. Clippard 2, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CardinalsSTL3-7
    200000100361
    YankeesNYY6-4
    21001000X490
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF50000004.150.244.175.4190.0
    A. Diaz SS41200010.300.300.600.9003.5
    M. Carpenter 1B31121120.207.359.310.6697.0
    S. Piscotty RF30000122.240.367.400.7670.0
    M. Adams DH40100011.167.286.167.4520.5
    Y. Molina C41000011.250.343.286.6290.5
    J. Peralta 3B30000100.130.167.130.2971.0
    R. Grichuk LF30110120.222.263.444.7083.0
    K. Wong 2B30000002.148.258.222.4800.0
    a- J. Martinez PH10100000.556.636.7781.4142.0
    Total3336314910-----
    • a-doubled for Wong in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF21000212.242.359.303.6622.5
    S. Castro 2B41221002.350.366.525.8918.0
    M. Holliday DH40000032.242.419.394.813-1.5
    J. Ellsbury CF41200000.314.351.457.8085.0
    C. Headley 3B30200111.400.488.6291.1165.5
    A. Judge RF40000034.242.324.545.870-1.5
    G. Bird 1B30000112.043.154.087.2410.5
    A. Romine C41211012.313.368.563.9316.5
    R. Torreyes SS40100002.250.250.406.6561.0
    Total32493241017-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Diaz (3), R. Grichuk (2), J. Martinez (2)
      • HR - M. Carpenter
      • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (4), R. Grichuk (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Headley (2)
      • HR - S. Castro (2), A. Romine
      • RBI - S. Castro 2 (6), A. Romine (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ellsbury (3), C. Headley (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Peralta, K. Wong, M. Carpenter
      • E - K. Wong (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Wacha (L, 1-1)6.09432823.001.836.0
      M. Bowman1.00000100.000.003.5
      K. Siegrist1.000021013.502.001.5
      Total8.09434102---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Wacha (L, 1-1)6.0
      M. Bowman1.0
      K. Siegrist1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 1-1)6.15332518.361.1120.5
      T. Clippard (H, 3)0.20000001.800.000.0
      D. Betances (H, 2)1.00001302.081.003.5
      A. Chapman (S, 3)1.01001100.002.008.5
      Total9.0633491---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 1-1)6.1
      T. Clippard (H, 3)0.2
      D. Betances (H, 2)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 98-61, M. Bowman 10-8, K. Siegrist 23-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 3-6, M. Bowman 1-1, K. Siegrist 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 28, M. Bowman 3, K. Siegrist 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 103-68, T. Clippard 8-7, D. Betances 20-10, A. Chapman 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-6, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, T. Clippard 2, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Grichuk doubled to deep left, Molina scored, Peralta to third34
      • 5TH INNING
        Headley doubled to deep right, Ellsbury scored, Headley to third on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error24
      • 2ND INNING
        Romine homered to right center23
      • 1ST INNING
        Castro homered to right center, Gardner scored22
        Carpenter homered to right center, Diaz scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • A. Chapman Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • J. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta flied out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep left, Grichuk to third
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Betances Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Siegrist Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Headley walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Headley stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine grounded out to pitcher, Headley to third, Bird to second
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Torreyes flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Adams reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Adams out at second
        • J. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peralta walked, Molina to second
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk doubled to deep left, Molina scored, Peralta to third
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Wong flied out to center
        • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Bowman Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to shortstop
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz flied out to left
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • R. Torreyes: Torreyes popped out to catcher
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wong lined out to left
        • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • M. Holliday: Holliday flied out to deep right
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ellsbury singled to right
        • C. Headley: Ball (pitchout), Headley doubled to deep right, Ellsbury scored, Headley to third on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error
        • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams flied out to deep center
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to third
        • J. Peralta: Peralta lined out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine singled to right
        • R. Torreyes: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Torreyes singled to left center, Romine to second
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to second, Romine to third, Torreyes out at second
        • S. Castro: Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Castro grounded into double play second to third to first, Gardner out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wong flied out to left
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fowler grounded out to first
        • A. Diaz: Diaz doubled to shallow right
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Foul, Ellsbury flied out to left
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Headley singled to center
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge lined out to left
        • G. Bird: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bird grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peralta grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Bird flied out to center
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Romine homered to right center
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes flied out to center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner walked
        • S. Castro: Castro reached on an infield single to third, Gardner to second
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Tanaka Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler flied out to left
        • A. Diaz: Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Carpenter homered to right center, Diaz scored
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • M. Adams: Ball, Adams grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • S. Castro: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Castro homered to right center, Gardner scored
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
        • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ellsbury stole second
        • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)