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MLB: Blue Jays' Kikuchi goes 5-1/3 innings in no-decision loss

Toronto Blue Jays' Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on May 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- The Toronto Blue Jays' latest bullpen collapse cost Yusei Kikuchi his second win of the season as the team lost a seesaw game against the American League East-leading New York Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

    Kikuchi tossed 5-1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while walking three and striking out seven in a no-decision. Aaron Judge hit a game-winning, three-run homer off Jordan Romano (1-2), the player with the equal-most saves this season, in the ninth to end the game.

    Kikuchi was relieved by Yimi Garcia after putting runners on the corners with one out in the sixth, but the Japanese lefty saw a chance for his second straight win evaporate when Garcia gave up a three-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton that left the score at 3-3.

    "I had enough power on my fastballs so that was good," Kikuchi said.

    "A pitching coach suggested pushing my start back because I would be pitching against the Yankees for the second straight time, but I told him I wanted to go. I felt a different kind of satisfaction this time."

    Kikuchi has struggled in his first season with Toronto, lasting less than five innings in three of his four April starts for a 5.52 ERA.

    At Angel Stadium, Shohei Ohtani, who is one homer shy of becoming the third Japanese-born player to reach 100 in Major League Baseball, went 2-for-5 with one run scored in the Los Angeles Angels' 12-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Angels rookie Reid Detmers (2-1) pitched a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. Making his 11th major league start, the 22-year-old left-hander finished with two strikeouts and one walk on 108 pitches.

    Ohtani received his AL MVP Award in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday, when the first 25,000 fans through the gates got to take home an Ohtani MVP bobblehead.

    At PNC Park, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tsutsugo came to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and drove in the Pirates' only run on a fielder's choice.

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