Surging back into first place in the AL East with their fifth straight victory, the New York Yankees topped visiting Tampa Bay, 6-1, as starter Masahiro Tanaka held the Rays in check on two hits over eight full innings.
Perfect past five innings, Tanaka yielded a single to Hechavarria with two down in the sixth and a seventh inning solo homer to Lucas Duda, playing in his first game for the Rays since being acquired from the Mets.
Tanaka (8-9, 5.09) finished strong, striking out the final three batters he faced to end the eighth, throwing 109 pitches and surrendering no bases on balls.
With Boston losing, 4-2, to Kansas City, winners of nine straight, the Yankees took a 1/2 game lead in the division and have taken the first two games from the Rays in their four-game series.
Game three is scheduled for a Saturday 1:05 pm ET start at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
|Suter: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R|
Rookie hurler Brent Suter, a 6'5" left-hander out of Harvard, tossed seven shutout innings for the Brewers, improving to 2-1 in six starts. Suter allowed four hits and one walk, striking out five, while his teammates scored single run in the second and fourth inning off Cubs' starter, Jose Quintana.
Suter threw just 82 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Chicago finally got on the board after Suter left the mound in the eighth, on Javier Baez's solo home run off reliever Anthony Swarzek, but closer Corey Knebel picked up his 18th save, walking one and whiffing two in the ninth to finish what Suter started.
Milwaukee's win left them 1/2 game behind the Cubs in the division race with game two of the series set for Saturday at 7:10 pm ET.