Tanaka Ks 10 in 2-hitter, Yankees blank Rays 3-0 to up lead

NEW YORK (AP) At the start of a tough week for his team, Masahiro Tanaka made things look easy on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays again.

Tanaka pitched a career-best two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East.

''You could tell he could smell the finish line,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''Big-time performance to kick off this series for us.''

DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin went deep in his career-high third consecutive game. That was all a dominant Tanaka (5-5) needed while throwing 76 of 111 pitches for strikes in New York's first complete game since his gem at Tampa Bay last July.

Edwin Encarnacion received an enthusiastic ovation from fans in his Yankees debut after being acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night. Batting fifth as the designated hitter, the veteran slugger went 0 for 4 with a strikeout his first time up.

''It's very exciting to wear the uniform,'' he said through a translator.

New York won the opener of a three-game series and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay. Once the Rays leave town, AL West-leading Houston arrives for four games.

Tanaka has won consecutive starts for the first time winning three in a row last September. He's gone the distance seven times since coming over from Japan before the 2014 season.

But in a bit of a surprise, he felt he got lucky in this one.

''My pitches weren't as sharp as I wanted them to be,'' Tanaka said through a translator.

Maybin, his days in pinstripes perhaps numbered, finished 3 for 3 with two singles. He homered leading off the fifth inning and scored on LeMahieu's two-out shot in the third.

Tanaka retired his first nine batters before Austin Meadows singled sharply off the right field wall to start the fourth. A two-out single in the fifth by Willy Adames was Tampa Bay's only other hit.

''He didn't miss any spots. He was very precise,'' Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe said. ''I feel like every time he's come out against us, he's had really good stuff and it was almost like tonight was a little bitter than the rest and you have to tip your cap to him. He was better than us tonight.''

Tanaka walked only one and set down the final 10 Rays batters, striking out six. He improved to 4-2 with a 1.29 ERA in seven starts against the Rays since July 28, 2017 - including a three-hit shutout last July 24.

''After the fourth inning, everything clicked,'' Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said. ''What else can you ask for from Tanaka? An amazing job.''

This season, the right-hander has allowed one earned run in 22 innings versus Tampa Bay. He is 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in three outings.

''He's got our number right now. We have to do a better job of making some adjustments, not being afraid to change up some routines, whatever, when you walk up to the plate. Because whatever he's doing and whatever we're doing is not working,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

''He's got a knack for pitching to the edges and getting a lot of soft contact on some pitches that you probably would not offer at. But maybe a little bit more of a less-aggressive approach might help.''

Chirinos (7-3) gave up five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

RARE GEM

Tanaka has three of New York's past five complete games, beginning with his five-hitter against Toronto on Aug. 15, 2015.

The only other two-hitter by a Yankees pitcher since the start of 2009 was thrown by Hiroki Kuroda against Texas in August 2012. The last New York hurler to toss a two-hitter with at least 10 strikeouts was Mike Mussina in September 2002 against Tampa Bay.

GREAT DEFENSE

Shifted over from third base, LeMahieu made a diving stop up the middle to begin a slick force play that drew an appreciative bow from a clapping Tanaka.

POWER COMPANY

New York has homered in 20 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (right forearm strain) threw off a mound Saturday and is expected to do so again Tuesday or Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees: OF Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list Tuesday. He has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries. To open a roster spot, New York optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... RF Aaron Judge (left oblique strain) is rehabbing at Triple-A and could be back in a few days. When he returns, Maybin might be the odd man out in a roster crunch. The journeyman outfielder is batting .400 (12 for 30) with two doubles, three homers, four RBIs and 10 runs in his last eight games.

UP NEXT

Left-hander J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA) pitches the second game of the series for the Yankees on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay plans to start RHP Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.45) as an opener.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (5-5)L: Y. Chirinos (7-3)
  • HR: NYY - C. Maybin (4), D. LeMahieu (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Garcia RF30000021.295.350.488.837-1.0
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    L. Voit 1B30100110.265.385.502.8871.5
    A. Hicks CF40100011.213.312.383.6951.5
    G. Sanchez C40100012.260.335.602.9370.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40000012.237.352.522.874-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS40000012.333.355.467.822-0.5
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, J. Wendle
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hicks (4)
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (8), C. Maybin (4)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (43), C. Maybin (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu 2 (2), G. Sanchez 2 (2), D. Gregorius 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Meadows (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chirinos-Lowe-Choi)
      • E - K. Kiermaier
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sanchez-Torres)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Chirinos (L, 7-3)6.05331623.000.9410.0
      J. Faria1.13001201.691.500.0
      A. Kolarek0.20000103.961.480.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Chirinos (L, 7-3)6.0
      J. Faria1.1
      A. Kolarek0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 5-5)9.020011003.231.1039.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 5-5)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 94-64, J. Faria 37-23, A. Kolarek 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 7-4, J. Faria 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 23, J. Faria 8, A. Kolarek 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 111-76
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 11-5
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 29
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Pham LF40000022.294.403.468.871-1.0
      B. Lowe 2B30000011.289.346.553.899-0.5
      A. Garcia RF30000021.295.350.488.837-1.0
      J. Choi 1B30000010.272.346.442.788-0.5
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      W. Adames SS30100000.244.309.368.6761.0
      J. Wendle 3B30000021.111.179.139.318-1.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 3B41121003.311.355.459.8147.0
        L. Voit 1B30100110.265.385.502.8871.5
        A. Hicks CF40100011.213.312.383.6951.5
        G. Sanchez C40100012.260.335.602.9370.5
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        D. Gregorius SS40000012.333.355.467.822-0.5
        G. Torres 2B30000030.282.341.516.857-1.5
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          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, J. Wendle
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Hicks (4)
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (8), C. Maybin (4)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (43), C. Maybin (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu 2 (2), G. Sanchez 2 (2), D. Gregorius 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. Meadows (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Chirinos-Lowe-Choi)
          • E - K. Kiermaier
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sanchez-Torres)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Chirinos (L, 7-3)6.05331623.000.9410.0
          J. Faria1.13001201.691.500.0
          A. Kolarek0.20000103.961.480.5
          Total8.0833292---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Chirinos (L, 7-3)6.0
          J. Faria1.1
          A. Kolarek0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 5-5)9.020011003.231.1039.0
          Total9.02001100---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 5-5)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 94-64, J. Faria 37-23, A. Kolarek 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 7-4, J. Faria 2-0
          • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 23, J. Faria 8, A. Kolarek 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 111-76
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 11-5
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 29
          • 5TH INNING
            Maybin homered to left03
          • 3RD INNING
            LeMahieu homered to center, Maybin scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to first
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames flied out to right
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Voit singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez singled to left center, Voit to second
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Jake Faria
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep right, Voit to third
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Lowe fouled out to third
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Faria relieved Yonny Chirinos
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Maybin singled to center
            • B. Gardner: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked, Maybin to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gardner out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zunino grounded out to second
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Meadows walked
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging, Meadows caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to right
            • W. Adames: Ball, Adames singled to center
            • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to second, Adames out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin homered to left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner singled to right center
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, LeMahieu grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Gardner out at second
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows singled to deep right
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham flied out to deep right
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Lowe reached on fielder's choice to second, Meadows out at second
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion lined out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius flied out to left
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Torres struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Adames grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Zunino grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Maybin singled to center, Maybin to second on center fielder Kiermaier fielding error
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu homered to center, Maybin scored
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
            • A. Hicks: Hicks doubled to deep right, Voit to third
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choi flied out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Meadows grounded out to second
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu fouled out to right
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Voit lined out to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)