NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees won on another night when Masahiro Tanaka was excellent. Tanaka received a no-decision but he pitched very well, even if he was much wilder than he had been before. Tanaka remains 3-0.
The line: This probably was Tanaka's worst outing, which shows just how good he has been. He went 6⅓ innings, giving up two runs (both earned) on five hits, striking out 11 and walking four.
Tanaka entered the day having only walked two batters in his first four starts combined. His ERA rose to 2.27.
Still streaking: When Tanaka left the game, his 31-game regular-season winning steak, dating back to Aug. 19, 2012, in Japan, was in jeopardy. The Yankees were losing 2-1 in the seventh inning.
On the Mark: Mark Teixeira took Tanaka off the hook by hitting a mammoth solo home run in the bottom of the seventh off Los Angeles Angels starter Garrett Richards. It was Teixeira's biggest hit of the year, tying the game at 2.
A passed ball moved Ellsbury to third. He scored on a wild pitch. The Yankees were suddenly up, 3-2.
Freese frame: After the Yankees initially tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fifth, Tanaka relinquished the lead in the top of the sixth, allowing an opposite-field homer to David Freese.
Wild man: Tanaka entered the game with 35 strikeouts and two walks in his first 29⅓ major league innings. In the first two innings Sunday night, Tanaka walked two Angels.
It didn't hurt him, though, as Los Angeles couldn't do anything with the free baserunners.
The Angels had trouble making contact, as Tanaka got strikeouts for four of his first six outs, including Albert Pujols on a check swing.
Striking out Trout: In the third, Collin Cowgill led off with a double to bring up Mike Trout. Tanaka struck out Trout on a 3-2 splitter, which stayed up, but Trout watched it. After another walk -- this one to Pujols -- Tanaka ended the inning by forcing Howie Kendrick into a 6-4-3 double play.
In the fifth, Tanaka struck out Trout again.
No help, no problem: With two outs in the fifth, Kendrick hit a ball to the warning track in left field that Ichiro Suzuki should have caught. He sort of short-armed it, and the ball deflected off his glove. It was ruled a triple, though it should have been ruled an error.
It didn't matter because Tanaka struck out Erick Aybar to end the inning.
TanaKa: Tanaka is the third Yankee with seven-plus stikeouts in each of his first five starts, according to data from the Elias Sports Bureau. Mike Mussina and CC Sabathia were the first two.
Trading runs: Richards and Tanaka were matching zeroes until the fourth inning, when the Angels got on the board with a run.
After a leadoff double by Aybar, the bases were eventually loaded on a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Aybar scored on a J.B. Shuck groundout that was not hit hard enough for an inning-ending double play.
In the fifth, a Teixeira walk and a Brian Roberts double led to a Suzuki RBI groundout to tie the game.
On deck: The Yankees are off Monday. On Tuesday, they face Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners. Sabathia (3-2, 4.78) will be opposed by Chris Young (0-0, 3.50) in the opener of a three-game series.