Masahiro Tanaka is human after all.
Seeing the New York right-hander for the second time this season, the Chicago Cubs reached Tanaka for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits to claim a 6-1 triumph over the Yankees on Tuesday, sending the former Japanese superstar to his first regular-season loss since Aug. 19, 2012.
Dating back to his time in Nippon Professional Baseball, Tanaka had gone unbeaten in 42 straight regular-season starts, posting a 34-0 mark, which included a perfect 6-0 record since signing with the Yankees in the offseason.
However, Tanaka (6-1) failed to keep the streak going, as he struggled through the elements at a rain-soaked Wrigley Field while receiving just one run of support thanks to a solid start from counterpart Jason Hammel.
Hammel (5-2) held the Yankees to one run on four hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames to pick up the win, while Mike Olt drove in three runs for the Cubs, who have won three straight on the heels of a three-game slide.