Baseball: Kikuchi gets win as Blue Jays reduce magic number to 1


Yusei Kikuchi won his final start of the season Friday after pitching five-plus innings of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Blue Jays reduced their magic number to one by beating a Tampa Bay outfit they look likely to face in the American League Wild Card Series.

Kikuchi (11-6) struck out four, while allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks. He left the mound at Rogers Centre with an 8-2 lead after surrendering three straight hits, including a two-run homer, with none out in the sixth.

With the regular season wrapping up Sunday, Toronto sits second i...

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