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Yusei Kikuchi picks up first win of 2022 as Blue Jays snap Yankees’ win streak at 11

Yusei Kikuchi pitched six innings, his longest outing of the season, and recorded his first win of 2022 as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to end the visitors’ 11-game winning streak.

Kikuchi (1-1), making his fifth start of the season, limited the damage to a run on three hits, including a third-inning solo homer to Joey Gallo, while striking out seven and walking one in a 78-pitch effort at Rogers Centre.

“I was impatiently waiting to get a win, so this means a lot,” Kikuchi said. “The importance of throwing first pitch strikes has been stressed to me and I think I was able to do that in today’s game. That allowed me to be aggressive.”

The Japanese left-hander spent the first three seasons of his MLB career with the Seattle Mariners, then joined the Blue Jays on a three-year, $36 million contract in March.

At Fenway Park, Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-3 with two walks as the Los Angeles Angels exploded for a six-run 10th inning on their way to a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Hirokazu Sawamura, the seventh of the Boston pitchers to take the mound, was part of a bullpen meltdown as he allowed a three-run homer to Jared Walsh with two out in the 10th.

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