Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight batters in six solid innings in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka (6-2) won his second straight start and extended his unbeaten streak to seven games after giving up one run and three hits as the Yankees won the series against Los Angeles.
In his four previous outings in May, Tanaka had gone 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA, allowing 14 runs, 20 hits and six walks in 21 1/3 innings, giving up at least three runs in each.
"We needed an outing like that from him,'' manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.
But he showed his effectiveness on Sunday, only giving up one hit through the first three innings.
"It was definitely one of the better ones in recent outings," Tanaka said through a translator. "To be able to win in a small-margin game like this is good."
He pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam in the fourth inning by striking out Luis Valbuena and inducing an Ian Kinsler double play. The only blip on his stat line was an Andrelton Simmons solo home run in the sixth inning. He struck out Mike Trout in the first and sixth inning and got him to fly out in the third.
"I was watching the game last night and I obviously witnessed the type of damage that he put on us," Tanaka said about Trout, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "He is that key batter in that lineup and we can't let him beat us. I think the thing is, you do have to be careful, but at the same time you really have to be aggressive. And I feel like I able to do that."