Masahiro Tanaka won't be happy until his splitter is back to being his most effective pitch, but he threw it 27 times in a sensational seven-inning outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon. "I just felt tightness for a couple pitches".
Tanaka (3-3) outdueled reigning Cy Young Award victor Blake Snell (3-4) and equaled his season high of seven innings, allowing one run and five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks against the Yankees' AL East rivals at Tropicana Field.
With the Yankees leading 3-1 in the top of the ninth, the stadium lights suddenly went dark, and only emergency power kept the building from being plunged into complete darkness.
Play resumed after a 43-minute delay, and Estrada hit Pruitt's second pitch after the resumption for a home run that boosted the lead to 4-1.
"I've never been through something like that, " Estrada said through an interpreter. "You've just got to keep your mind in a positive state". NY padded its lead with Gio Urshela's two-run double.
Chad Green struck out the side on 12 pitches in a ideal ninth, his first appearance for the Yankees since April 23.
Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow pulled himself from the game with an elbow injury.
Edwin Jackson was acquired by Toronto from Oakland for cash on Saturday and would set a record by pitching for 14 major league teams when he makes his Blue Jays debut.