Yankees Top Rays, 9-3 Behind Tanaka, Ellsbury, and Teixeira

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Masahiro Tanaka simply refuses to lose. The New York Yankees starting pitcher continued his unbeaten streak on Saturday as the team defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3.

Going back to his time in Japan, Tanaka has gone 40 regular-season starts since his last loss.

Against the Rays, Tanaka fell behind 3-0 after giving up home runs to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers but he rebounded quite nicely. He wound up pitching seven innings, striking out five, and gave up three earned runs.

On offense, Jacoby Ellsbury led the way for the Yankees as he went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, a stolen base, and a run driven in.

First baseman Mark Teixeira continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs. He's not batting .269 on the season.

After the win, the Yankees are now 16-13 and hold a .5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.

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