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MLB: Tanaka takes 2nd loss in Yankees' defeat to Angels

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, left, walks back to the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Angels' Tommy La Stella during the fifth inning of a baseball game on April 25, 2019, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ANAHEIM, California (Kyodo) -- Masahiro Tanaka took his second loss of the season Thursday after blowing a four-run lead on a pair of homers in the fifth inning, as the New York Yankees went down 11-5 to the Los Angeles Angels.

Making his sixth start of the season, Tanaka (2-2) surrendered six runs, five earned, on six hits and three walks over 5-2/3 innings at Angel Stadium.

"I threw in a way that resulted in the team losing momentum. I think that led to what happened later in the game, so it was a very disappointing outing," said Tanaka, taking responsibility for the team surrendering further runs after his exit.

The Japanese right-hander started with four scoreless innings before a collapse in which the Angels leveled the score with a four-run rally. He yielded a two-run homer to Tommy La Stella before Kole Calhoun drove in two more runs by going deep into the right field stands.

"The way their batters were hitting today, they weren't going to let a mistake get by them," Tanaka said. "I need to be able to throw well even when I'm (not at my best condition). It's not as though my day in the rotation can be put on hold."

The nightmare continued for Tanaka in the following frame, as he struggled to locate his pitches and walked two batters before he was replaced. David Fletcher drove in the two with a tie-breaking RBI single off reliever Jonathan Holder.

Fletcher led the Angels' red-hot lineup with five RBIs, and capped the team's five-run seventh inning with a three-run triple.

Right-hander Noe Ramirez (1-0) picked up the win for throwing a scoreless sixth and seventh innings.

The Yankees opened the scoring early in the third inning and made it 4-0 on a fifth-inning, RBI single by Gleyber Torres, but saw their six-game winning streak end.

At PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The right-hander, pitching third for the visitors, helped the Diamondbacks claim their fourth straight win. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 games this season.

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