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NEW YORK» Masahiro Tanaka took a per­fect game into the sixth in­ning and struck out a ca­reer-high 14, pitch­ing the Yan­kees past the Rays 6-1 on Fri­day night for their fifth straight win.

Brett Gard­ner hit a lead­off home run, Aaron Judge lined his AL-lead­ing 33rd homer and Clint Fra­zier added a three­run shot to boost Tanaka (8-9). With their spurt, the Yan­kees moved past Bos­ton into the AL East lead for the first time in a month.

On Thurs­day night, Gard­ner won the opener of this four-game set with a homer in the 11th. Judge lost half of his front left tooth in the cel­e­bra­tion — he got a tem­po­rary fix on Fri­day.

Tanaka struck out the first five bat­ters, all swing­ing. He set down 17 in a row be­fore Adeiny Hechavar­ria grounded a sharp, two-out sin­gle up the mid­dle, past div­ing short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius. Tanaka im­pas­sively watched the ball roll into cen­ter field and, af­ter a brief ova­tion from the fans, went back to work.


Sal­vador Perez and Mike Mous­takas home­red off emer­gency starter Rick Por­cello, who took over when David Price went back on the dis­abled list be­cause of in­flam­ma­tion in his left el­bow, and the Roy­als beat the Red Sox 4-2 for their sea­son-high ninth straight win. Bos­ton has lost five of six and nine of 14. Por­cello (4-14), who had been sched­uled to pitch Satur­day, leads the ma­jor leagues in losses. He al­lowed four runs and six hits in seven in­nings. Ja­son Var­gas (13-4) gave up one run and five hits in six in­nings. … Brent Suter tossed seven score­less in­nings and the Brew­ers slipped past the Cubs 2-1 to move within a half game of first place in the Na­tional League Cen­tral. Suter (2-1) lim­ited the Cubs to four hits. He struck out five and walked one in a ca­reer-long out­ing. Mil­wau­kee pushed across a run in the sec­ond on Manny Pina’s run-scor­ing ground­out. … Aaron Altherr home­red twice and Jake Thomp­son pitched five score­less in­nings in an emer­gency start to lead the Phillies toa 10-3 vic­tory over the Braves. … Parker Brid­well pitched a ca­reer-high 7L in­nings to win his third straight de­ci­sion, C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and the An­gels beat the Blue Jays 7-2. Mike Trout had two RBIs and Yunel Es­co­bar had two dou­bles and an RBI for the An­gels. … Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the eighth in­ning, lift­ing the Astros to a 6-5 vic­tory over the Tigers. The Astros trailed 5-3 to start the eighth. The Astros won de­spite get­ting three in­nings from starter Dal­las Keuchel in his re­turn from a neck in­jury. … Jose Ramirez had four hits, in­clud­ing a homer, Car­los San­tana and Michael Brantley also home­red, and the In­di­ans beat the White Sox 9-3. … Adrian Bel­tre had two RBI sin­gles to in­crease his hit to­tal to 2,998, Elvis An­drus home­red and the Rangers beat the Ori­oles 8-2. … St. Louis starter Michael Wacha pitched six in­nings and Jedd Gy­orko drove in the lone run with one of his three hits, lead­ing the Car­di­nals to a 1-0 vic­tory over the Di­a­mond­backs. Ari­zona starter Rob­bie Ray left the game in the sec­ond in­ning af­ter get­ting hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of rookie Luke Voit. The ball car­omed in the air into foul ter­ri­tory where third base­man Daniel Descalso caught it for the out. … J.T. Real­muto had three hits, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing home run, to spark a four-run sev­enth in­ning and help the Mar­lins toa 7-4 vic­tory over the reel­ing Reds.

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