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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Mets 0

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka shut out the New York Mets to stop the New York Yankees' four-game overall losing streak and their six-game slide against their crosstown rivals, dating back to last year's Subway Series.

Best one yet: Over his first eight starts, Tanaka has been spectacular. But none of his outings have been better than Wednesday night's performance at Citi Field in which he allowed just four hits. Tanaka allowed just two runners to reach second for the entire game.

As usual, Tanaka improved as the game went on, striking out the side in the seventh and finishing the night with eight srtikeouts and zero walks.

Dating back to his time in Japan, Tanaka is now unbeaten in his past 42 regular-season starts.

He even hits: In the ninth, Tanaka nailed a single past a diving Daniel Murphy at second for his first MLB hit.

Super Solo: How good has Yangervis Solarte hit this season? These are the names of the past three rookies to lead the league in hitting heading into game No. 39 or later: Mike Trout, Hanley Ramirez and Solarte.

Nicknamed "Solo" by his teammates and Never Nervous Yangervis by John Sterling (via David Cone), Solarte did it again on Wednesday night, nailing a solo homer in the fourth off rookie Rafael Montero to make it 2-0 Yankees.

Tex time: Mark Teixeira continues to swing a hot bat. In the sixth, Teixeira went yard again, nailing a solo shot for his team-leading eighth homer to make it 3-0. Over the past 15 games, Teixeira has gone deep seven times.

Jeter RBI: Derek Jeter's swinging bunt RBI in the seventh tied him with Paul O'Neill for 126th on the Yankees' all-time list with 1,269 RBIs. Next on the countdown is Tino Martinez with 1,271.

Roberts running around: Brian Roberts became the first player aged 36 or older with a multi-triple game since Omar Vizquel in 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. He is the first Yankee to do it since Felipe Alou back in 1971.

In the second, Roberts' two-out triple scored Solarte for the game's first run.

Shift fail: With two outs in the first, Daniel Murphy stole second while catching the Yankees in a shift. No one covered second and Tanaka didn't seem to notice. It ended up not mattering because Curtis Granderson flew out in the at-bat.

The only other time a Met reached second was when Eric Young Jr. doubled in the sixth.