By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win in Seattle over the Mariners on Wednesday night. Tanaka improved his record to an impressive 10-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.02. He is the second pitcher in the Amarican League with 10 wins, along with Toronto's Mark Buehrle, who is 10-2.
Tanaka went the full nine innings, and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, with 11 strikeouts. The only runs he gave up came on a two-run home run by ex-Yankee Robinson Cano in the ninth inning.
Tanaka said through a translator, "Obviously I wasn't very happy about that home run, but at the end I'm pretty satisfied I was able to go all nine innings tonight."
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Tanaka, "He's been really, really big. You look at the numbers he's put up, the wins he has, the distances he's given us during the course of the season. He's meant a lot."
Robinson Cano said of Tanaka, "He was dealing. He was the same guy you see on TV. He put the ball where he wants. He's filthy."
Mark Teixeira said of Tanaka, "If he keeps this up, he's going to have one of the greatest first years in baseball of any pitcher that has ever played the game. I would love to see it."
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead in the top of the third on a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single. In the fifth, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury singled, and Mark Teixeira launched a three-run homer to make it 4-0 Yankees.
The Mariners' only rally came in the fourth, when James Jones and Kyle Seager singled, but Tanaka struck out Logan Morrison to end the inning. This started a streak in which six of seven outs were via the strikeout, as Tanaka struck out two in the fifth and the side in the sixth. Cano grounded out to open the seventh to break a streak of five straight K's by Tanaka.
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