Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs
Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of a doubleheader on April 16, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City - by Elsa
Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season.
He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to America's major leagues.
"He's pitched really well and we're really happy with what he's done," Girardi said.
Tanaka had retired 15 straight Cubs batters before Anthony Rizzo's bunt single against the infield shift to begin the seventh inning.
Tanaka responded by retiring the final six batters he faced -- striking out three -- before he was replaced by relief pitcher Shawn Kelly to start the ninth.
"He had outstanding command and good command of the splitter," Girardi said. "He's pitched really well so far. We've been pleased with the adjustments he's made during the game. That's important to me."
Carlos Beltran homered and Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Yankees.
Dean Anna, starting at shortstop for Derek Jeter, drove in the other run for the Yankees, who have won four of five overall and improved to 5-3 on their current nine-game homestand.
Rizzo finished with two hits and Junior Lake had the other bunt single for the Cubs, who lost their third straight game.
Tanaka, a 25-year-old right hander, arrived Stateside after a brilliant 24-0 season with a 1.27 earned run average and 183 strike-outs last year for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.
He was signed in the off-season to a seven-year, $155 million (112 million euros) contract by the Yankees.
New York notched their fourth straight win later on Wednesday, as pitcher Michael Pineda tossed five scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Cubs in the second game of a double-header.
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