Masahiro Tanaka beat the New York Mets 4-0 Wednesday to become the first New York Yankee rookie since 1950 to begin his career 6-0 as a starter.
Not only did the Japanese hurler complete his first shutout in Major League Baseball but he also got his first hit in the majors in the top of the ninth.
Hall of Famer Whitey Ford went 9-0 over 12 starts as a Yankee rookie.
Tanaka allowed just four hits while fanning eight batters Wednesday against the Mets, who blasted 21 runs over two games earlier this week at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees gave Tanaka all the support at the plate he would need.
Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira homered in the fourth and sixth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. The Yankees added another run in the seventh.
Dating back to his time in Nippon Professional Baseball, Tanaka is unbeaten in his past 42 regular-season starts, going 34-0 since August 2012.
Tanaka joins Andy Pettitte as only the second Yankee to throw a shutout against the Mets. Pettitte threw one at Yankee Stadium in 2002.
The right hander also became the first Yankees rookie to throw a shutout since Orlando Hernandez in 1998 against the Boston Red Sox.© (c) 2014 AFP