YANKS GAMEDAY

GAME 160: Sept. 29, 2017 Where: Yan­kee Sta­dium

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - By MIKE MAZZEO

Masahiro Tanaka ended a dis­ap­point­ing 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son on an ex­tremely high note.

The in­con­sis­tent $22 mil­lion righty re­tired the first 14 bat­ters he faced and struck out a ca­reer-high 15, as the Yan­kees picked up their 90th win of the year with a 4-0 vic­tory over the Blue Jays on Fri­day at the Sta­dium.

The Bombers are still alive in the AL East, though the Red Sox’ magic num­ber to clinch the di­vi­sion was one en­ter­ing Fri­day. Bos­ton faced Hous­ton Fri­day night at Fen­way Park.

Tanaka’s bid for a per­fect game ended with two outs in the fifth, when he sur­ren­dered a weakly hit in­field sin­gle to Eze­quiel Car­rera.

The 28-year-old fin­ished with those 15 strike­outs in seven in­nings. He al­lowed three hits and walked none. It was Tanaka’s fifth dou­ble-digit strike­out game of the year.

Tanaka’s fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son stats: 1312, 4.74 ERA, 35 HR, 178.1 IP, 194 K, 30 GS. He is el­i­gi­ble to opt out when the play­offs are over. Oth­er­wise, the Yan­kees owe him $67 mil­lion over the next three years.

Aaron Judge walked gin­gerly back to the dugout af­ter ground­ing out to short in the third. How­ever, he re­mained in the game.

Judge recorded an RBI sin­gle in the fifth. He has 31 RBI in Septem­ber and 113 RBI for the sea­son.

Dellin Be­tances started the ninth in­ning and al­lowed both bat­ters he faced to reach be­fore Joe Gi­rardi turned to Aroldis Chap­man. He had pro­duced no runs or hits in his pre­vi­ous five out­ings. Chap­man recorded his 21st save in 25 chances.

GETTY

Masahiro Tanaka twirls seven in­nings of shutout ball, strik­ing out 15 Blue Jays as his roller coaster sea­son con­tin­ues, and Yanks hope to see more of this side of righty while their of­fense, spurred by Greg Bird and a feath­ered on­looker (above l.), heats up at right time.

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