Masahiro Tanaka gave up four runs in five innings and the Yankees struck out a season-high 15 times as the Astros beat New York 4-1 Wednesday in Houston. Read more at SNY.tv. . . Tanaka threw 94 pitches in his second-shortest start of the season, giving up seven hits. He allowed three runs in the third, aided by a wild pitch and Colby Rasmus' two-run homer. Houston starter Lance McCullers went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts. He gave up a solo homer to Brian McCann in the fourth. Neither bullpen allowed a run. Adam Warren pitched a scoreless sixth in his return to the Yankees and Luis Severino followed with two scoreless innings. Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook
The Yankees have been surprisingly good since the All-Star break. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games and have Masahiro Tanaka starting on Wednesday.