SEATTLE – Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 and became the second pitcher in the majors with 10 wins, throwing a complete game Wednesday night as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2.
Tanaka (10-1) won his fourth straight start. He was two outs away from his second shutout before giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth.
Tanaka allowed six hits, walked one and leads the A.L. with a 2.02 ERA. He tied for the wins lead with Toronto’s Mark Buehrle, who is 10-2.
New York’s Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI single in the third.
Two innings later, with Seattle starter Chris Young (5-4) struggling, Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer that barely cleared the wall in right-center field. The game-breaking shot was Teixeira’s 11th homer of the season.
Tanaka has allowed only four earned runs in the past 29 2/3 innings.
James Jones reached on an infield single with one out in the ninth and on the first pitch, Cano lined his first home run at Safeco Field, hitting a drive to left-center.
Tanaka struck out Kyle Seager looking and got Logan Morrison swinging to finish off his second complete game of the season.
Tanaka cruised from the start. It took the Japanese rookie 15 pitches to get through the first two innings and 26 pitches setting down the first nine Mariners in order.
Seattle got baserunners in the fourth when Jones and Seager singled, but the threat ended when Morrison struck out on a check swing.
It also started a strikeout binge from Tanaka. Beginning with Morrison, six of the next seven outs came via strikeout.
Tanaka struck out the side in the sixth, getting Cole Gillespie and Endy Chavez swinging before capping the inning by getting Jones looking at strike three.
Cano broke the strikeout streak at five when he grounded out to open the seventh. Seager then walked on four pitches, the first walk issued by Tanaka. But Morrison grounded into a double play and Tanaka was through seven innings on just 79 pitches.
Tanaka also wiggled out of trouble in the eighth after Mike Zunino’s double and Brad Miller’s single. Just as movement started in the Yankees bullpen, Gillespie lined out and Miller was doubled off first base to end the inning.
Young lasted only five innings for the second straight start. He was forced to work hard from the outset, getting pushed into lengthy at-bats and watching his pitch count rise. The Yankees had hits in four of the five innings against Young.
Derek Jeter’s stolen base in the first gave him 350 for his career. He had two steals in the game. … Morrison was activated after a lengthy stint on the disabled list before the game. 1B Justin Smoak was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps, retroactive to June 10. … Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Teammates QB Russell Wilson and LT Russell Okung were on the field watching pregame batting practice and talking with players from both teams. DT Brandon Mebane and DE Michael Bennett were also in attendance with Avril.