Yanks roll as Tanaka K’s 15


Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven in­nings, his high­est to­tal since com­ing to the ma­jor leagues, and the play­off-bound Yan­kees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, last night in New York to re­main on the edge of AL East con­tention.

Tanaka (13-12) re­tired his first 14 bat­ters be­fore Eze­quiel Car­erra reached on an in­field sin­gle up the mid­dle just past Tanaka’s glove. Pitch­ing on six days’ rest, Tanaka had a sharp slider and split­ter, dom­i­nat­ing a team that bat­tered him for eight runs at Toronto on Sept. 22. He al­lowed three hits and walked none.

David Robert­son pitched a hit­less eighth, and Dellin Be­tances al­lowed a hit, wild pitch and walk in the ninth. Aroldis Chap­man got three straight outs to com­plete the four-hit­ter for his 21st save in 25 chances.

In­di­ans 10, White Sox 1 — Ed­win En­car­na­cion had a three-run dou­ble, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, lead­ing AL Cen­tral cham­pion Cleve­land to a win over vis­it­ing Chicago.

Rock­ies 9, Dodgers 1 — Nolan Are­nado hit the first of Colorado’s four homers, Chad Bet­tis picked up his sec­ond win since his re­turn from tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and the hosts beat Los An­ge­les to re­main on the verge of clinch­ing their first post­sea­son spot since 2009.

The Rock­ies have two games re­main­ing and hold a two-game lead on Mil­wau­kee for the sec­ond NL wild-card spot.

Brew­ers 5, Car­di­nals 3 — Stephen Vogt home­red and drove in three runs, Chase An­der­son al­lowed one run over seven in­nings, and Mil­wau­kee kept its NL wild card play­off hopes alive with a vic­tory over host St. Louis.

Cubs 5, Reds 4 — Ian Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning, and Chicago won for the 14th time in 17 games, beat­ing vis­it­ing Cincin­nati.

Roy­als 2, Di­a­mond­backs 1 — Ian Kennedy picked up his first home vic­tory in more than a year as Kansas City de­feated vis­it­ing Ari­zona. Kennedy snapped a fran­chise record of 18 win­less home starts.

Na­tion­als 6, Pi­rates 1 — Stephen Stras­burg pitched 72⁄3 shutout in­nings and Ryan Zim­mer­man home­red twice to help host Wash­ing­ton beat Pitts­burgh. Stras­burg is 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list on Aug. 19.

Twins 6, Tigers 3 — In Min­neapo­lis, Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning, help­ing the Twins bail Kyle Gib­son out of a 3-0 deficit to beat Detroit.

Miguel Sano grounded out as a pinch hit­ter for Min­nesota, his first ap­pear­ance af­ter miss­ing 38 games with a stress re­ac­tion af­ter foul­ing a ball off his left shin.

Rays 7, Ori­oles 0 — In St. Peters­burg, Fla., Evan Lon­go­ria and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red and Tampa Bay clinched third place in the AL East with a vic­tory over Bal­ti­more.

Rangers 5, Ath­let­ics 3 — In Ar­ling­ton, Texas, ShinSoo Choo tied a ca­reer high with his 22nd home run and Texas beat Oak­land.

An­gels 6, Mariners 5 — Luis Val­buena hit a tworun, pinch-hit dou­ble in the eighth in­ning to cap a four­run rally as host Los An­ge­les over­came three Seat­tle home runs.

Phillies 6, Mets 2 — Maikel Franco, Jorge Al­faro and Ce­sar Her­nan­dez all home­red to sup­port six strong in­nings from starter Ben Lively as host Philadel­phia de­feated New York.

Ear­lier in the day, the Phillies (65-95) an­nounced that man­ager Pete Mackanin would not re­turn to the dugout in 2018. Mackanin was given a role as a se­nior ad­vi­sor to gen­eral man­ager Matt Klen­tak.

Braves 6, Mar­lins 5 — Gian­carlo Stan­ton went 2-for-4 with a sin­gle and a dou­ble and the Mi­ami slug­ger re­mained at 59 home runs as vis­it­ing At­lanta pre­vailed.

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