Baseball: Yoshida's hit streak reaches 11 in Red Sox's walk-off win

Masataka Yoshida had an RBI double among his two hits as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Monday on a walk-off solo home run by Alex Verdugo.

Yoshida, a two-time batting champion in Japan's Pacific League, extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double off Fenway Park's Green Monster to score Verdugo for a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Yoshida also singled to center in the fifth as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, raising his batting average to .286. The Red Sox have won three games in a row.

"I've been able to spray the ball to all fields," said Yoshida, who is in the first season of a five-year contract with the Red Sox. "I'm ready to swing at every pitch and take pitches out of the strike zone. That's what I'll continue to do."

"I want a home run," Yoshida added with a grin.

Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki's 27-game hitting streak is the longest by a Japanese player. Last year, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit safely in 18 straight games.

At Nationals Park, Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

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