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MLB: Tanaka picks up 9th win as Yankees secure winning season

New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, on Aug. 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Masahiro Tanaka turned out another quality start on Friday to help the New York Yankees clinch their 27th straight season above .500 with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Coming off a scoreless eight-inning performance against the Toronto Blue Jays last week, Tanaka (9-6) held the visitors to two runs on four hits at Yankee Stadium, striking out two without issuing a walk over 6-1/3 innings.

The Japanese right-hander gave up solo blasts to Jose Ramirez in the second and Yasiel Puig in the seventh before yielding a one-out double and handing off to Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle, who fanned two to keep New York's lead intact.

"On the whole I was able to pitch well. I was able to win thanks to the relief keeping things together," Tanaka said. "I'm in a good frame of mind as I begin preparing for my next start."

Tanaka is looking to become the first Japanese to post double-digit wins in six consecutive major league seasons.

At SunTrust Park, Kenta Maeda struck out nine, including seven straight, but allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in 4-2/3 innings and got no decision as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to an 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

"I hurt myself with the walks more than the hits," said Maeda, who gave up the Dodgers' lead on two singles, a double and three walks in the Braves' three-run second.

"I wasn't aware (of striking out seven consecutive batters). More than anything, I was just switching gears and going into the strike zone to avoid giving up walks."

Maeda is 8-8 with a 4.18 ERA over 25 games this season.

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