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[May 21, 2014]
Cubs 6, Yankees 1: Luis Valbuena
recorded three hits and scored twice while Mike Olt knocked in three
runs as host Chicago handed Masahiro Tanaka his first major-league
defeat.Jason Hammel (5-2) upstaged Tanaka, striking out six and limiting
the Yankees to one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings, and five
relievers combined to hold New York to two hits the rest of the way.
Tanaka (6-1), who had won 34 consecutive regular-season decisions dating
to 2012 in Japan, struck out seven but was tagged for a season-high four
runs - three earned - on eight hits over six frames.
Emilio Bonifacio and John Baker each added two hits and an RBI
for the Cubs, who matched a season high with their third consecutive
win. Chicago, which was shut out in both ends of a doubleheader at
New York last month, won for only the second time in its last nine
meetings with the Yankees.
The Cubs broke through against Tanaka in the third as Baker led off
with a single, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on Bonifacio's
single up the middle. They tacked on a run in the fourth, when
Valbuena doubled and scored on Olt's single through a drawn-in
infield, but they failed to add any insurance as Tanaka made nice
plays on back-to-back bunts to cut down runners at the plate.
The Yankees finally dinged Hammel in the sixth as Brett Gardner led
off with a double and scored on Mark Teixeira's single, but Justin
Grimm entered with two outs and retired Alfonso Soriano with one
pitch to strand a pair of runners. Olt and Baker added sacrifice
flies in the sixth and the Cubs added two more runs in the seventh
on Starlin Castro's RBI single and Olt's bases-loaded walk.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Hammel was hit on his pitching hand with a liner by
Gardner leading off the game, but he was able to continue with no
ill effects. … The Cubs presented retiring Yankees SS Derek Jeter
with a No. 2 scoreboard tile in a pregame ceremony. … Jeter stole
second following his single in the third, his first stolen base
since Sept. 5, 2012.
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