Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs in his shortest outing of the season as the New York Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Houston Astros, 10-7, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Tanaka (5-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings, allowing back-to-back home runs to George Springer and Josh Reddick to lead off the game.
Later in the first inning, he surrendered a grand slam to Alex Bregman that gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.
Tanaka, whose five-game winning streak ended, gave up another solo homer to Springer and an RBI double to Carlos Beltran in the second inning before manager Joe Girardi pulled him.
Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and Matt Holliday hit a three-run home run. The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth inning and brought the game-tying run to the plate, but Aaron Hicks grounded out with two runners on base to end the game.
The stars seemed to be aligned for the Yankees today. They completed their 10th come-from-behind victory of the young season in the first game of today's doubleheader, then celebrated one of their iconic players, Derek Jeter, with a number retirement ceremony.
It was up to Tanaka, their ace, to bring the Yankees a doubleheader sweep and a series split. Instead, he produced the worst start of his major league career, and the Yankees could not dig out of the 8-0 deficit he left behind, striking out 16 times in the game (54 in the series).
Tanaka's ERA stands at 5.80 after the start, and in reviewing his game log for this season, he's produced just three quality starts in eight chances. Tanaka is paid to be the ace of this team and I've contended several times that he is indeed that for the Yankees. However, Tanaka failed his team Sunday night and the Yankees have to hope there is not an underlying physical issue causing his errant command this season.
The Yankees are off on Monday and begin a three-game series on the road against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
CC Sabathia (2-2, 5.77 ERA) faces Jason Hammel (1-4, 5.97 ERA) in the first game of the series. First pitch is set for 8:15 p.m.