Yusei Kikuchi gave up six runs, including two home runs, in five innings and was handed a loss Wednesday, as the Toronto Blue Jays were beaten 10-0 by the Texas Rangers.
Yusei Kikuchi of the Toronto Blue Jays throws against the Texas Rangers during an MLB game at Rogers Centre, Toronto, September 13, 2023. (Essonne Info)
Kikuchi (9-6) allowed four runs in the fourth inning when Jonah Heim scored the first run with two on and one out, followed by a three-run shot from Nathaniel Lowe, who hit a ball 1-1 over the center field wall at Rogers Center.
Robbie Grossman, who got the Rangers’ first hit in the fourth inning, hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning on a 2-1 curveball from Kikuchi with two outs.
“I was unable to throw fastballs that batters didn’t want to see, which led to them hitting big breaking balls,” Kikuchi said. “It was a very important match and I wanted to win. I couldn’t help the team.”
Kikuchi’s wait for his first double-digit MLB season continues, with the left-hander never recording more than seven wins in his last four years.
Shintaro Fujinami, meanwhile, threw a perfect ninth inning, throwing eight balls, as the Baltimore Orioles lost 1-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
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