Tanaka outduels Sale and Yankees beat Red Sox 3-0

BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 - the first time in franchise history that's happened.

Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up.

Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn his first shutout since 2014, and the Yankees beat Boston 3-0 on Thursday night.

Tanaka (3-1) struck out three and threw only 97 pitches for his fifth career complete game - his first since Aug. 15, 2015, which was also the last for New York.

''I knew that we were facing a good pitcher in Chris Sale. Knew how important one run could be, so I tried to go out there and put up zeroes,'' said Tanaka, who earned his 10th win in his last 11 decisions dating to last season. ''A lot of people thought Chris Sale had the upper hand, the way he was pitching.''

Tanaka retired the last 14 batters he faced and only allowed one runner to reach second base as the Yankees earned their fifth straight victory over the rival Red Sox. Aaron Hicks had two hits and scored twice, and Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs.

Sale (1-2) nearly matched Tanaka most of the way, allowing only one unearned run over the first eight innings before giving up three straight singles to start the ninth, when the Yankees added two more runs.

''We had a chance going into the ninth,'' he said. ''I just completely took the wind out of the sails.''

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka spoke before the game of the challenge of facing Sale.

''He went toe to toe with Chris Sale,'' manager Joe Girardi agreed. ''He knew he couldn't afford to give up a whole lot of runs. (There was) more pressure on him, in a sense, and he really rose to the occasion.''

ADDING ON

Sale stumbled in the fourth, when Hicks singled, took second on a groundout, third on a passed ball and scored on Holliday's sacrifice fly. The Yankees chased Sale when Hicks, Chase Headley and Holliday all singled to start the ninth and score another run.

Heath Hembree gave up a single to Starlin Castro to make it 3-0 before Aaron Judge popped out to the catcher and Chris Carter grounded into a double play.

In all, Sale was charged with two earned runs and eight hits in eight-plus innings, striking out 10 and walking none. He joined Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Jon Lester as Red Sox pitchers with 10 or more strikeouts in four straight starts.

NON-SUPPORT

The Red Sox have scored four runs total in Sale's five starts this season. Boston, which scored the most runs in baseball last season, has scored 13 total over its last seven games, losing five and getting shut out three times.

''I don't think our guys, on a day Chris is pitching, they feel like they've got to do more,'' manager John Farrell said. ''We've had great ballgames pitched against us by quality starters. I don't think it's because Chris is on the mound.''

BUNTS

Sale is 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA in eight career starts against Yankees. ... Jacoby Ellsbury of the Yankees did not reach base for the first time in 26 games stretching to the end of the 2016 season. ... The starters are the top two on the all-time list for strikeout-to-walk ratio since 1900 among pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched. Tanaka had a 4.94 K/BB ratio entering the game, and Sale's was 4.83. ... The game took 2 hours, 21 minutes, the shortest game between the teams since 1994.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: INF Didi Gregorious was the designated hitter in a 10:15 a.m. intrasquad game in Tampa. He got four at-bats: two groundouts and a lineout before homering to right off RHP Juan De Paula in his last at-bat.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned after missing three games and a rainout after being spiked in the left leg by Baltimore's Manny Machado.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Return home to open a three-game series against the Orioles. CC Sabathia (2-1) pitches for New York against Baltimore's Kevin Gausman (1-2).

Red Sox: Welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to Fenway Park for the first time since 2014. Drew Pomeranz (1-1) will face Jake Arrieta (3-0).

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    M. Betts RF30000000.310.380.465.8450.0
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    M. Moreland 1B30000002.295.375.513.8880.0
    X. Bogaerts SS30100001.313.353.328.6811.0
    J. Bradley CF30000002.226.306.387.6930.0
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      BATTING
      • SF - M. Holliday
      • SH - J. Ellsbury
      • RBI - M. Holliday 2 (10), S. Castro (14)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (2)
      • PB - S. Leon
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 3-1)9.03000304.200.3335.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 3-1)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 1-2)8.083201001.191.0017.0
      H. Hembree1.01000001.461.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 1-2)8.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 97-72
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 15-8
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 29
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 109-82, H. Hembree 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 7-5, H. Hembree 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 31, H. Hembree 3
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      A. Hicks LF42200011.324.458.7031.1613.5
      C. Headley 3B41100002.329.420.543.9632.0
      M. Holliday DH30220010.231.388.385.7733.5
      B. Gardner PR-DH0000-000.186.324.237.000-
      S. Castro 2B40210010.346.386.538.9242.5
      A. Judge RF30000023.269.347.642.9880.0
      C. Carter 1B40000024.182.222.333.556-1.0
      A. Romine C30000010.273.327.386.713-0.5
      R. Torreyes SS30200000.308.308.431.7382.0
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        H. Ramirez DH30200000.235.297.324.6212.0
        M. Moreland 1B30000002.295.375.513.8880.0
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        S. Leon C30000000.180.196.280.4760.0
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        Total290300035-----
          BATTING
          • SF - M. Holliday
          • SH - J. Ellsbury
          • RBI - M. Holliday 2 (10), S. Castro (14)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (2)
          • PB - S. Leon
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 3-1)9.03000304.200.3335.5
          Total9.0300030---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 3-1)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (L, 1-2)8.083201001.191.0017.0
          H. Hembree1.01000001.461.002.0
          Total9.09320100---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (L, 1-2)8.0
          H. Hembree1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 97-72
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 15-8
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 29
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Sale
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 109-82, H. Hembree 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 7-5, H. Hembree 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 31, H. Hembree 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Castro singled to left, Headley scored, Gardner to third40
            Holliday singled to deep left, Hicks scored, Headley to third, Holliday to second30
          • 4TH INNING
            Holliday hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Hicks singled to shallow center
            • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Headley singled to left, Hicks to second
            • M. Holliday: Holliday singled to deep left, Hicks scored, Headley to third, Holliday to second
            • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to left, Headley scored, Gardner to third
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Judge fouled out to catcher
            • C. Carter: Carter grounded into double play third to second to first, Castro out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Romine flied out to right
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Foul, Ellsbury grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts fouled out to third
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to first
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Holliday singled to left center, Holliday out at second
            • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to left
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes singled to center
            • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Torreyes to second
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first, Torreyes to third
            • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Headley fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Judge hit by pitch
            • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Carter grounded into double play second to pitcher to first, Judge out at second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bradley grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • S. Leon: Leon flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks singled to right
            • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Headley grounded out to pitcher, Hicks to second
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks to third on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holliday hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts fouled out to third
            • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez singled to center
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Carter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Torreyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ellsbury struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Holliday struck out looking
            • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez singled to left
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to first, Ramirez to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ellsbury struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)