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

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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 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.