Eight Ks for Kikuchi in Mariners win
Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, a 28-year-old rookie from Japan, turned in his first complete game, a two-hitter with eight strikeouts that led the Seattle Mariners to a 7-0 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Kikuchi, 1-7 with a 7.50 ERA in his previous 14 starts, got four home runs as support, as Kyle Seager, Austin Nola, Tom Murphy and Keon Broxton went deep.
Kikuchi, signed to a deal that guarantees him $56 million over four years, had one walk in a 2 hour, 25-minute game before a crowd of 23,604.
Toronto was 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base in losing the series 2-1.
Brandon Drury doubled to lead off the third inning for the home team, and Randal Grichuk had a single with one out in the fourth.
Seager's 16th HR of the year came with the bases empty in the second. Nola hit his sixth of the season in the fourth, also with no one on base. Murphy blasted his 12th with one man on in the fourth. Broxton hit a solo homer in the seventh.
Tim Lopes, Nola and Murphy had two hits apiece in an 11-hit Seattle attack.
Seattle improved to 52-73, while the Blue Jays dropped to 52-75.
Seattle is 4-2 on its trip going into a three-game road series with Tampa Bay begins at 4 p.m. PT Monday. Lefty Marco Gonzales (12-10, 4.26) will be on the hill for Seattle to face lefty Brendan McKay (2-2, 5.08).
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