A-Rod, Tanaka lead Yankees past Rays 4-1

A-Rod takes this pitch out (0:35)

Alex Rodriguez hits a two-run homer off of Chris Archer, his first home run since returning from the disabled list. (0:35)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list, Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Friday night.

Rodriguez returned Thursday after missing three weeks with a strained right hamstring. His sixth homer of the season and 693rd overall off Chris Archer came during a three-run sixth.

Tanaka (3-0) scattered two hits and struck out four to run his career-best unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive starts, dating to last season.

Andrew Miller gave up a single and hit a batter during a scoreless eighth. Kirby Yates allowed Steve Pearce's two-out solo homer in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman got the final out.

Carlos Beltran homered in the eighth for the Yankees, leaving him one hit shy of 2,500 for his career.

Archer (3-6) allowed four runs -- one earned -- and four hits in eight innings for the Rays, who have lost six of seven.

Brett Gardner drew a one-out walk in the sixth and went to third when Archer was charged with an error for an errant throw on a pickoff attempt. Beltran reached on an error when second baseman Taylor Motter misplayed his grounder, Brian McCann drove in Gardner with an infield grounder.

Rodriguez then hit his first homer since May 1 to center field. A-Rod, who struck out with two on and two outs in the first, is 1 for 8 since coming back.

Tanaka retired his first 12 batters before Pearce's leadoff single in the fifth. He got help to end the inning when Gardner made a leaping catch at the left-field wall on Corey Dickerson's drive.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4 against Archer and has 18 hits off the Rays' opening day starter in 28 at-bats.


Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi didn't rule out 1B Mark Teixeira (neck) from returning Sunday or Monday. Teixeira, who sat out his third consecutive game, continued icing the injury Friday and plans to increase the treatment process Saturday.

Rays: Closer Brad Boxberger (adductor surgery) was scheduled for his sixth rehab appearance Friday night with Double-A Montgomery. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the closer's status will be evaluated after the outing and that "most of it will be how he feels."


Beltran is expected to DH once this weekend because Girardi doesn't want him playing in right field all three games of the series on the artificial turf at Tropicana Field. ... Beltran had success filling in at DH while Rodriguez was on the DL, but don't look for him to get a major increase in that role "This team was built, when we started the year, for Alex to DH and Carlos to play right field," Girardi said. "Alex was swinging the bat really well before he got hurt and I think it's way too early to abandon what we were seeing."


Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (2-5) will face Rays LHP Matt Moore (1-3) on Saturday. Pineda beat Oakland on Sunday to stop a career-long five-game losing streak.