Josh Thole

Tanaka Stops Yankees' Slide In 5-0 Win Against Jays

NEW YORK — With New York closer to missing out on a wild-card berth than winning the AL East, Masahiro Tanaka pitched like the ace the Yankees needed him to be

Tanaka allowed four hits over seven innings Sunday, and the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 to stop a five-game losing streak.

"Today is a great example of what the formula is," Alex Rodriguez said. "Strong pitching, get the ball to our strong bullpen and hit the ball out of the park."

Dustin Ackley homered and had three RBIs and left fielder Brett Gardner made two excellent catches for the Yankees, who closed to 31/2 games of the AL East-leading Blue Jays with 20 games...