Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the eighth inning to help the New York Yankees defeat the Oakland Athletics, 6-2, Thursday afternoon.
Tanaka (5-3) allowed just two runs — one earned — on two hits over 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked one, picking up his first win since June 9.
“I thought he used his slider well, I thought he used his split well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That was the difference. In the second inning, when he gave up the runs he made a couple of mistakes, and he didn’t make them after that.”
Brett Gardner, who found out during the game he was named to the AL All-Star team to replace the injured Alex Gordon of Kansas City, had three hits, including a homer. Jacoby Ellsbury added two RBI for New York, which took two of three from the A’s in this series.
Billy Butler had one of his team’s three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have lost three of four.
Gardner started the scoring with his first-inning solo homer off Oakland starter Jesse Chavez.
After Butler doubled home a run and scored on Mark Canha’s double in the second to give the A’s the lead, Ellsbury scored on Mark Teixeira’s base hit in the third to tie the game.
The Yankees went ahead for good an inning later courtesy of Ellsbury’s two-run single.
New York added two runs in the ninth when Chris Young and Cole Figueroa scored on a throwing error by Marcus Semien.
Chavez (4-9) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three in losing his third straight start.
“I thought his stuff was pretty good, but he was just missing,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “He was just off the corner a lot of times.”
Gardner’s homer was his 10th of the season … Teixeira has 62 RBI this season … Canha has a five-game hitting streak … This will be Gardner’s first All- Star game appearance. He is the first Yankees left fielder to make the All- Star team since Rickey Henderson in 1986 … Semien’s error was his 28th of the season.