Tanaka strikes out 15 as Yanks beat Toronto 4-0

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka walked off the mound and tipped his cap to fans after one of his most dominant performances since signing with the New York Yankees in January 2014.

He struck out 15 over seven innings , his highest total since coming to the major leagues, allowed three hits and walked none to lead the playoff-bound New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Friday and keep New York on the edge of contention in the AL East.

If only every start was like this.

''It's pretty obvious that there was a lot of ups and downs this season,'' he said through a translator. ''I understand what I've done wrong and all that, but I'm not really open to share that at this time.''

Tanaka (13-12) had five outings in which he gave up seven or eight runs but also had eight in which he allowed one run or none. He finished with a 4.74 ERA and yielded 35 homers - 10 more than his previous major league high.

''I knew that I needed to be aggressive,'' he said. ''Maybe I was lacking it a little bit.''

Already assured no worse than hosting a wild-card game against Minnesota, New York is two games behind AL East-leading Boston with two games left. The Yankees could take the division only by beating the Blue Jays both Saturday and Sunday, having Boston lose twice to Houston and then defeating the Red Sox in a tiebreaker game Monday at Yankee Stadium.

New York ace Luis Severino could start against Boston or Minnesota.

''He'll be prepared for either day,'' Girardi said.

Tanaka retired his first 14 batters before Ezequiel Carerra reached on an infield single up the middle just past Tanaka's glove. Second baseman Starlin Castro made a backhand stop with a dive and threw off-balance from his knees, but Carerra easily beat a one-hop throw.

Pitching on six days' rest, Tanaka dominated a team that battered him for eight runs and three homers at Toronto on Sept. 22. He allowed three hits and walked none.

''You can't pick up that split,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''Boom! It just drops.''

Tanaka's strikeout total was three shy of his professional big league high, set for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles against the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan's Pacific League on Aug. 27, 2011.

''His fastball had more life to it. His split was as good as I've seen it this year, and his slider was pretty good, as well,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''It gives you a lot of confidence in him.''

David Robertson pitched a hitless eighth, and Dellin Betances was pulled after throwing just three of eight pitches for strikes. He allowed a hit and a walk.

''I thought I would have stayed in there,'' Betances said. ''I have a short leash right now.''

Aroldis Chapman got three straight outs to complete the four-hitter for his 21st save in 25 chances, striking out two of three batters to raise the total for Yankees pitchers to 18.

New York, which reached 90 wins for the first time since 2012, took a 2-0 lead in the first against Joe Biagini when Castro singled in a run with a dribbler between the mound and third , and Greg Bird hit a sacrifice fly. Bird added a run-scoring single off the right-field wall in the sixth and has eight homers and 25 RBIs in 27 games since returning in late August following ankle surgery.

Aaron Judge singled in a run in the fifth for his 113th RBI. He had grimaced after landing on first awkwardly on a third-inning groundout.

''We had some concern,'' Girardi said. ''It ended up being nothing.''

IN THE SEATS

A crowd of 35,735 raised the Yankees' home season total to 3,070,801, topping last year's 3,034,346. The Yankees have two games remaining and will play only 79 home dates because of two doubleheaders caused by rainouts.

BROADWAY BABY

Gibbons attended Thursday night's performance of ''Hamilton.'' Asked whether the cast acknowledged him, he laughed.

''No, but I stood up and said, `Make America great again,''' he said.

SWIPING

New York stole four bases off catcher Raffy Lopez, who has caught only one of 17 base stealers this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto CF Kevin Pillar will miss the series because he returned home to be with his wife, who is due to give birth. ... RHP Aaron Sanchez (blisters) was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for RHP Taylor Cole, who was selected from Triple-A Buffalo.

Yankees: RHP Adam Warren, who had not pitched for New York since Sept. 1 because of a back spasm, was activated from the 10-day DL.

UP NEXT

LHP Jaime Garcia (1-3) starts Saturday for the Yankees and RHP Marcus Stroman (13-8) for the Blue Jays.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (13-12)L: J. Biagini (3-13)S: A. Chapman (21)
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R. Refsnyder 1B10000012.169.250.217.467-0.5
M. Saunders RF30000021.204.259.347.606-1.0
E. Carrera LF20100110.284.357.411.7683.5
R. Lopez C30000021.226.311.472.783-1.0
R. Goins 2B30100020.238.288.357.6450.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hicks LF41000022.267.371.480.8512.0
    J. Ellsbury CF41100012.266.351.405.7563.5
    A. Judge RF31110110.284.421.6231.0453.5
    D. Gregorius SS41200000.287.319.479.7985.0
    S. Castro 2B40110021.301.340.457.7963.0
    G. Bird 1B20220000.190.287.430.7165.0
    C. Headley DH30000014.273.352.406.758-0.5
    T. Frazier 3B20000111.211.343.428.7700.5
    A. Romine C30100011.221.275.296.5720.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Donaldson (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Bird (7)
      • SF - G. Bird (2)
      • RBI - A. Judge (113), S. Castro (62), G. Bird 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge (36)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Carrera (10)
      • Picked Off - E. Carrera (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Hicks (10), J. Ellsbury (22), D. Gregorius (3), S. Castro (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - E. Carrera (5)
      • DP - K. Morales, R. Urena, R. Goins
      FIELDING
      • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius
      • PB - A. Romine (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Biagini (L, 3-13)5.06331305.341.401.5
      M. Dermody0.12110104.501.23-2.5
      D. Barnes0.20000003.461.060.0
      T. Koehler1.00001306.691.623.5
      T. Mayza1.00000207.311.754.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Biagini (L, 3-13)5.0
      M. Dermody0.1
      D. Barnes0.2
      T. Koehler1.0
      T. Mayza1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 13-12)7.030001504.741.2435.5
      D. Robertson1.00001101.870.852.5
      D. Betances0.01001002.871.22-2.0
      A. Chapman (S, 21)1.00000203.281.1611.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 13-12)7.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      D. Betances0.0
      A. Chapman (S, 21)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 95-60, M. Dermody 15-9, D. Barnes 4-2, T. Koehler 16-10, T. Mayza 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 5-6, D. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 21, M. Dermody 3, D. Barnes, T. Koehler 4, T. Mayza 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 103-68, D. Robertson 15-8, D. Betances 8-3, A. Chapman 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 3-2, D. Robertson 1-0, A. Chapman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 23, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 2, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Hernandez CF30000131.272.310.642.952-0.5
      J. Donaldson 3B40100032.272.388.563.9510.5
      J. Bautista DH40000023.203.309.368.677-1.0
      K. Morales 1B30000011.250.308.445.753-0.5
      R. Refsnyder 1B10000012.169.250.217.467-0.5
      M. Saunders RF30000021.204.259.347.606-1.0
      E. Carrera LF20100110.284.357.411.7683.5
      R. Lopez C30000021.226.311.472.783-1.0
      R. Goins 2B30100020.238.288.357.6450.0
      R. Urena SS30100011.215.271.323.5950.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Hicks LF41000022.267.371.480.8512.0
        J. Ellsbury CF41100012.266.351.405.7563.5
        A. Judge RF31110110.284.421.6231.0453.5
        D. Gregorius SS41200000.287.319.479.7985.0
        S. Castro 2B40110021.301.340.457.7963.0
        G. Bird 1B20220000.190.287.430.7165.0
        C. Headley DH30000014.273.352.406.758-0.5
        T. Frazier 3B20000111.211.343.428.7700.5
        A. Romine C30100011.221.275.296.5720.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Donaldson (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Bird (7)
          • SF - G. Bird (2)
          • RBI - A. Judge (113), S. Castro (62), G. Bird 2 (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge (36)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Carrera (10)
          • Picked Off - E. Carrera (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Hicks (10), J. Ellsbury (22), D. Gregorius (3), S. Castro (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - E. Carrera (5)
          • DP - K. Morales, R. Urena, R. Goins
          FIELDING
          • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius
          • PB - A. Romine (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Biagini (L, 3-13)5.06331305.341.401.5
          M. Dermody0.12110104.501.23-2.5
          D. Barnes0.20000003.461.060.0
          T. Koehler1.00001306.691.623.5
          T. Mayza1.00000207.311.754.0
          Total8.0844290---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Biagini (L, 3-13)5.0
          M. Dermody0.1
          D. Barnes0.2
          T. Koehler1.0
          T. Mayza1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 13-12)7.030001504.741.2435.5
          D. Robertson1.00001101.870.852.5
          D. Betances0.01001002.871.22-2.0
          A. Chapman (S, 21)1.00000203.281.1611.0
          Total9.04002180---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 13-12)7.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          D. Betances0.0
          A. Chapman (S, 21)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 95-60, M. Dermody 15-9, D. Barnes 4-2, T. Koehler 16-10, T. Mayza 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 5-6, D. Barnes 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 21, M. Dermody 3, D. Barnes, T. Koehler 4, T. Mayza 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 103-68, D. Robertson 15-8, D. Betances 8-3, A. Chapman 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 3-2, D. Robertson 1-0, A. Chapman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 23, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 2, A. Chapman 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Bird singled to deep right, Gregorius scored04
          • 5TH INNING
            Judge singled to left, Hicks scored, Judge out at second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Bird hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored, Gregorius to third02
            Castro reached on an infield single to pitcher, Ellsbury scored, Judge to third, Gregorius to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
            • R. Urena: Ball, Urena singled to deep right
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Urena to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Urena to third, Hernandez out at second
            • R. Refsnyder: Strike swinging, Bautista to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • David Robertson relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carrera walked
            • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lopez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Carrera out at second
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved Tom Koehler
            • Rob Refsnyder at first
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to center
            • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Donaldson doubled to deep left
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to first, Donaldson to third
            • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tom Koehler relieved Danny Barnes
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Lopez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins singled to center
            • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Dermody relieved Joe Biagini
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Gregorius singled to left
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gregorius stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius stole second
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bird singled to deep right, Gregorius scored
            • Danny Barnes relieved Matt Dermody
            • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Headley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bird out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • M. Saunders: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
            • E. Carrera: Carrera reached on an infield single to second
            • R. Lopez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Carrera stole second, Ball, Carrera picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine singled to right center
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to second, Romine out at second
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Hicks stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ellsbury lined out to first
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge singled to left, Hicks scored, Judge out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bautista fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bird doubled to deep right
            • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Headley flied out to deep center
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • R. Urena: Urena lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to first
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gregorius flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Saunders grounded out to second
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to center
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury singled to left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ellsbury stole second, Ball, Judge walked
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius singled to right, Ellsbury to third, Judge to second
            • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Castro reached on an infield single to pitcher, Ellsbury scored, Judge to third, Gregorius to second
            • G. Bird: Bird hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored, Gregorius to third
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castro stole second, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)