TORONTO — Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major-league debut as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-3 Friday.
Staked to a 2-0 lead before taking the mound, the Japanese right-hander got a startling welcome to the majors when he surrendered a home run to Melky Cabrera on his third pitch.
Tanaka settled down to retire the next three batters, catching Jose Bautista looking at a curveball and getting Edwin Encarnacion to miss on a slider.
He gave up two runs in the second. But New York reclaimed the lead and chased Dustin McGowan with a two-run third aided by an overturned call.
McGowan thought he'd escaped a jam when Ichiro Suzuki was called out on an infield chopper. But the call was overturned by replay, and Yangervis Solarte followed with a two-run double.
Tanaka faced just one batter over the minimum in his final five innings. Encarnacion hit a one-out double in the third but was stranded.
Encarnacion reached again on an infield single to begin the sixth but was erased on a double play.
Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the Yankees' other high-priced offseason additions, had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice as they won their second straight after an 0-2 start.
He doubled and scored in the first, singled in the second, doubled and scored in the fourth and walked in the sixth. Perhaps his hardest-hit ball came in the eighth, a liner straight back at reliever Steve Delabar, who knocked it down and threw Ellsbury out.
The centerfielder, who came in hitless in his first three games, also made a sliding catch in left-center to retire Dioner Navarro for the final out of the sixth.