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MLB: Tanaka allows 6 runs, tagged with loss as Yankees routed by Rangers

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hands the baseball to manager Aaron Boone as he leaves the game against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Masahiro Tanaka was tagged with his first loss since April 17 after allowing six runs over five-plus innings Friday in the New York Yankees' 12-7 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Tanaka (9-3) gave up six hits, including three homers, and three walks, while striking out two at Yankee Stadium.

The Japanese right-hander started out well, holding the Rangers to one walk and a single through three scoreless innnings. However, he surrendered a leadoff single and a pair of home runs to Adrian Beltre and Ronald Guzman in a three-run fourth.

But it was not over. Elvis Andrus doubled in two runs in the fifth after Tanaka issued a pair of walks. Tanaka was replaced by A.J. Cole after Guzman blasted the second of his three homers of the day to extend the visitor's lead to 6-1.

"Not being able to control my splitter was the main reason for what happened today," Tanaka said. "I'm really frustrated because I've been able to pull myself together lately no matter what my condition was like."

He threw his first complete game shutout of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24, and followed up with six shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles in his next start. On Sunday, he limited the Boston Red Sox to a run over 4-2/3 innings in a 5-4 loss.

Cole surrendered three more runs in the sixth on two singles, and Guzman homered again in the seventh to make it 10-4. The Rangers bagged two more runs on Beltre's eighth-inning double.

Brett Gardner opened the Yankees' scoring with a fifth-inning, solo homer. Austin Romine went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. After the Yankees' three-run sixth, he shot a seventh-inning, solo homer off right-hander Eddie Butler and singled in two runs in the eighth.

At Coors Field, Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda fanned seven over 5-1/3 innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Maeda gave up three runs on six hits and three walks.

He blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the first when he surrendered a two-run homer to D.J. LeMahieu. The Rockies made it 3-1 in the third inning, but the Dodgers came from behind to claim the lead in the fifth. Colorado turned the game around with a seventh-inning, two-run homer by Ryan McMahon.

"I didn't do so well but I think I did a passable job pulling myself together," Maeda said. "The umpire didn't call strikes so I ended up giving up (the homer) in the first inning."

Earlier in the day, the Chicago Cubs announced they have placed Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish on a 60-day disabled list retroactive to May 23. Darvish, who has been sidelined for more than two months due to right tricep tendinitis, has been transferred to make room on the 40-man roster.

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