NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka continued to make his case for a spot on the AL All-Star team, a rookie of the year award and even consideration for the AL MVP award on Tuesday night.
Tanaka turned in another masterful performance on the mound, holding the Blue Jays to one run on five hits in six innings in a 3-1 win on Tuesday to improve to 11-1 on the season.
Tanaka’s lone mistake came on his first pitch of the night. Ex-Met Jose Reyes knocked Tanaka’s first-pitch fastball into the right-field seats.
After that, Tanaka settled down to retire 18 of the next 24 hitters and hold Toronto scoreless.
He leads the majors in wins and is the only pitcher in baseball to throw at least six innings in his first 14 starts.
In the past 100 years, only four pitchers have begun their careers with a longer streak of starts with at least six innings pitched. The record is 16 starts (Bill Pulsipher, Steve Rodgers).
Brett the Hit Man: Joe Girardi said before the game that one reason the Yankees had struggled at home (they were 5-12 in their past 17 games entering Tuesday) was due to a lack of power. Brett Gardner proved his manager right by hitting a two-run homer in the third that ultimately proved to be the game winner.
Gardner is 21-for-63 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his past 15 games at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter Meter: Derek Jeter finished the game 2-for-4, with a run scored, and is hitting .275. In his past seven games, Jeter is 12-for-27 with seven runs scored. He has five straight multihit games. ... Long Island product and Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 98 pitches.
Girardi wins No. 600: Girardi won his 600th game with the club.
He is the sixth manager in franchise history to reach the plateau, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944). Dellin Betances helped Girardi to this win by pitching two innings of no-hit ball in relief. David Robertson threw a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
Home stretch: Tuesday’s game was the first of a six-game homestand for the Bombers. They have two more against AL East-leading Toronto. The Yanks then host Baltimore for a three-game stretch over the weekend. The Yanks are just 5-12 at home since April 29.