Gardner homer leads Yanks over Mets 4-1 as Tanaka gets hurt

NEW YORK — Standing off third base for the first time in his big league career, Masahiro Tanaka heard coach Phil Nevin yell for him to tag up when Aaron Judge lofted a 264-foot flyball to Mets right fielder Jay Bruce in the sixth inning of Friday night’s Subway Series opener. The 29-year-old Yankees pitcher dashed home, needing 15 strides to cover the 90 feet to the plate as he tied the score with his first major league run.

It may have been a costly run.

Tanaka felt tightness in both hamstrings and was replaced before the bottom of the inning. The Yankees went on to win 4-1 behind Brett Gardner’s tiebreaking, two-run homer off Jacob deGrom on an eighth-inning changeup, and Giancarlo Stanton’s ninth-inning solo shot against Paul Sewald.

“I feel it right now,” Tanaka, speaking through a translator, said in front of his clubhouse stall a half-hour after the final out. “I think we’ll probably have a clearer picture tomorrow.”

The Yankees, a big league-best 41-18, already lost No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery to Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts.

Tanaka allowed one hit, a home run into the second deck in right by Brandon Nimmo on his second pitch. Just 1 for 24 with a walk and a sacrifice at

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