Kikuchi throws 2-hitter for 1st shutout, Mariners top Jays

TORONTO (AP) After watching his team use seven pitchers Saturday, Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi wanted to give the bullpen a break.

His first big league shutout fit the bill perfectly.

Kikuchi needed just 96 pitches to complete a two-hitter Sunday that led the Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0, Seattle's third shutout of the season.

Kikuchi (5-8) struck out eight, walked one and retired the final 14 batters in his first win since beating Baltimore on June 23. The rookie left-hander went 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA in eight starts covering 40 innings between victories.

''It being a bullpen day yesterday for the team, I felt like I was able to step up,'' Kickuchi said through a translator. ''I haven't been getting the results I've wanted to and I felt like I was good for the team today, so I was proud of that.''

The 28-year-old Kikuchi was a star in Japan before signing a $56 million, four-year deal with Seattle in the offseason. This was his 26th start for the Mariners and first complete game.

''Yusei was really focused today,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''Outstanding. Heck of an outing. If you can throw a complete game anywhere at any time in the big leagues in less than 100 pitches, it really doesn't get any better than that.''

Tom Murphy hit a two-run homer and the Mariners went deep four times. Kyle Seager, Austin Nola and Keon Broxton added solo home runs for Seattle.

''Up and down the lineup, guys are contributing big homers, which is awesome,'' Servais said. ''That's what it takes.''

Toronto was held scoreless for the 10th time and second time in six games. The Blue Jays, who were blanked 11 times all of last season, lost 1-0 last Sunday in a game started by Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, who was without injured sluggers Vladimir Gurrero Jr. (left knee) and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left quadriceps), said Kikuchi was able to take advantage of Toronto's depleted lineup.

''It was a combination of him doing his job and our approach was not that great today,'' Montoyo said.

Seager extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games with a leadoff homer against Toronto opener Wilmer Font in the second, his 16th of the season and second in two games. Seager has homered seven times during his hitting streak, and 10 times during a stretch in which he's hit safely in 22 of 23 games.

Seager's homer was the first run off Font in five opening appearances this month. The right-hander had gone 9 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Font is 2-1 with Toronto and Tampa Bay this season and 3-3 overall after going 1-1 in 15 games with the New York Mets in April and May.

Thomas Pannone took over in the third, and the Mariners connected twice off the left-hander in a three-run fourth. Nola hit a leadoff shot, his sixth, and Murphy hit a two-out drive, his 13th.

Broxton made it 5-0 with a leadoff drive off right-hander Sam Gaviglio in the seventh.

Kikcuhi set down the first six batters before Brandon Drury doubled to begin the third. Drury was nearly doubled off when shortstop Dee Gordon made a sliding catch on Billy McKinney's short flare into left, but second baseman Nola couldn't hold Gordon's throw. Bo Bichette flied out to end the inning.

Randal Grichuk hit a one-out single in the fourth but Kikuchi struck out Teoscar Hernandez and got Justin Smoak to fly out.

Toronto's Rowdy Tellez walked to begin the fifth but was erased one out later when Danny Jansen grounded into a double play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford got the day off.

Blue Jays: An MRI on Guerrero's left knee showed no major damage, and the rookie slugger will not require a stint on the injured list. Guerrero tweaked his knee playing defense Saturday and left after two innings. He is day to day. Speaking through a translator, Guerrero said the injury is not as bad as the left knee strain that sidelined him for more than a month at Double-A last season.

FEATS OF FELIX

Kikuchi threw the fewest pitches in a Mariners shutout since Felix Hernandez threw 95 in a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 28, 2006. Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima drove in the runs that game while Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar took a complete-game loss.

SEE YOU SOON

The Blue Jays visit Seattle for a three-game series that begins Friday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (12-10, 4.26) starts Monday as Seattle opens a three-game series at Tampa Bay. LHP Brendan McKay (2-2, 5.08) starts for the Rays.

Blue Jays: Toronto is off Monday. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 3.00) will feature Tuesday, possibly following an opener, when the Blue Jays begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles has not named a starter.

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  • W: Y. Kikuchi (5-8)L: W. Font (3-3)
  • HR: SEA - K. Broxton (6), K. Seager (16), A. Nola (6), T. Murphy (13)
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D. Gordon SS-2B50100002.277.305.366.6721.0
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K. Seager 3B41111011.242.312.480.7935.5
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D. Vogelbach 1B21100210.225.354.484.8383.5
M. Smith RF00000000.238.305.353.6580.0
T. Murphy C41221013.284.314.568.88210.5
K. Broxton CF32111121.181.243.298.5417.0
D. Moore RF-SS41110000.201.302.368.6694.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Bichette SS40000011.333.383.6441.027-0.5
    C. Biggio 2B40000030.209.333.373.706-1.5
    R. Grichuk RF30100000.240.295.449.7451.0
    T. Hernandez CF30000011.224.298.451.749-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B30000011.212.352.413.765-0.5
    R. Tellez DH20000100.227.283.429.7111.0
    B. Drury 3B30100011.229.270.412.6821.5
    D. Jansen C30000012.215.284.383.666-0.5
    B. McKinney LF30000001.215.270.421.6910.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Murphy (9), D. Moore (10)
      • HR - A. Nola (6), K. Seager (16), T. Murphy (13), K. Broxton (6)
      • RBI - T. Lopes (8), A. Nola (13), K. Seager (39), T. Murphy 2 (29), K. Broxton (16), D. Moore (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Murphy 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Murphy 3 (3), K. Broxton
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Drury (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Bichette, J. Smoak
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Murphy (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Seager-Nola-Vogelbach)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Bichette-Smoak; Bichette-Biggio-Smoak; Biggio-Bichette-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Kikuchi (W, 5-8)9.02001805.191.4438.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Kikuchi (W, 5-8)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font (L, 3-3)2.03110314.411.26-1.5
      T. Pannone3.24332226.441.401.0
      S. Gaviglio1.11110114.521.131.5
      J. Shafer1.01001102.201.531.5
      Z. Godley1.02221006.561.55-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font (L, 3-3)2.0
      T. Pannone3.2
      S. Gaviglio1.1
      J. Shafer1.0
      Z. Godley1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 96-65
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 4-14
      • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 29
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Shafer (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 40-28, T. Pannone 54-30, S. Gaviglio 26-18, J. Shafer 19-11, Z. Godley 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-1, T. Pannone 5-3, S. Gaviglio 1-2, J. Shafer 2-0, Z. Godley 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, T. Pannone 16, S. Gaviglio 5, J. Shafer 5, Z. Godley 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Lopes LF40210100.286.366.400.7664.0
      D. Gordon SS-2B50100002.277.305.366.6721.0
      A. Nola 2B-1B51211003.314.362.537.8997.0
      K. Seager 3B41111011.242.312.480.7935.5
      D. Santana DH40000021.256.332.449.781-1.0
      D. Vogelbach 1B21100210.225.354.484.8383.5
      M. Smith RF00000000.238.305.353.6580.0
      T. Murphy C41221013.284.314.568.88210.5
      K. Broxton CF32111121.181.243.298.5417.0
      D. Moore RF-SS41110000.201.302.368.6694.0
      Total35711744711-----
      HITTERSAB
      T. Lopes LF4
      D. Gordon SS-2B5
      A. Nola 2B-1B5
      K. Seager 3B4
      D. Santana DH4
      D. Vogelbach 1B2
      M. Smith RF0
      T. Murphy C4
      K. Broxton CF3
      D. Moore RF-SS4
      Total35
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Bichette SS40000011.333.383.6441.027-0.5
        C. Biggio 2B40000030.209.333.373.706-1.5
        R. Grichuk RF30100000.240.295.449.7451.0
        T. Hernandez CF30000011.224.298.451.749-0.5
        J. Smoak 1B30000011.212.352.413.765-0.5
        R. Tellez DH20000100.227.283.429.7111.0
        B. Drury 3B30100011.229.270.412.6821.5
        D. Jansen C30000012.215.284.383.666-0.5
        B. McKinney LF30000001.215.270.421.6910.0
        Total280200187-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Murphy (9), D. Moore (10)
          • HR - A. Nola (6), K. Seager (16), T. Murphy (13), K. Broxton (6)
          • RBI - T. Lopes (8), A. Nola (13), K. Seager (39), T. Murphy 2 (29), K. Broxton (16), D. Moore (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Murphy 2 (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Murphy 3 (3), K. Broxton
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Drury (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Bichette, J. Smoak
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Murphy (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Seager-Nola-Vogelbach)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Bichette-Smoak; Bichette-Biggio-Smoak; Biggio-Bichette-Smoak)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Kikuchi (W, 5-8)9.02001805.191.4438.0
          Total9.0200180---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Kikuchi (W, 5-8)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Font (L, 3-3)2.03110314.411.26-1.5
          T. Pannone3.24332226.441.401.0
          S. Gaviglio1.11110114.521.131.5
          J. Shafer1.01001102.201.531.5
          Z. Godley1.02221006.561.55-2.0
          Total9.01177474---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Font (L, 3-3)2.0
          T. Pannone3.2
          S. Gaviglio1.1
          J. Shafer1.0
          Z. Godley1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 96-65
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 4-14
          • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 29
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Shafer (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 40-28, T. Pannone 54-30, S. Gaviglio 26-18, J. Shafer 19-11, Z. Godley 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-1, T. Pannone 5-3, S. Gaviglio 1-2, J. Shafer 2-0, Z. Godley 1-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, T. Pannone 16, S. Gaviglio 5, J. Shafer 5, Z. Godley 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Lopes singled to center, Moore scored70
            Moore doubled to deep right, Broxton scored60
          • 7TH INNING
            Broxton homered to center50
          • 4TH INNING
            Murphy homered to left center, Vogelbach scored40
            Nola homered to right20
          • 2ND INNING
            Seager homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dylan Moore at shortstop
            • Zack Godley relieved Justin Shafer
            • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Broxton walked
            • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Moore doubled to deep right, Broxton scored
            • T. Lopes: Foul, Lopes singled to center, Moore scored
            • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lopes out at second
            • A. Nola: Strike swinging, Nola fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, McKinney flied out to center
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bichette popped out to third
            • C. Biggio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Justin Shafer relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • A. Nola: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nola singled to center
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to third, Nola to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach intentionally walked
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Mallex Smith in right field
            • R. Tellez: Tellez flied out to right
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Drury flied out to left
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • K. Broxton: Broxton homered to center
            • D. Moore: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moore grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Lopes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Lopes flied out to center
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
            • T. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to first
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
            • D. Santana: Santana lined out to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach walked
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Thomas Pannone
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, McKinney grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bichette lined out to shortstop
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • D. Moore: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moore grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Lopes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lopes walked
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to right center, Lopes to third
            • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Ball, Nola grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tellez walked
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Jansen grounded into double play third to second to first, Tellez out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Nola homered to right
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager flied out to center
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach singled to center
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy homered to left center, Vogelbach scored
            • K. Broxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Biggio lined out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk singled to left
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Thomas Pannone relieved Wilmer Font
            • D. Moore: Moore grounded bunt out to first
            • T. Lopes: Strike looking, Lopes flied out to right
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Drury doubled to left
            • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to deep left
            • B. McKinney: Ball, McKinney popped out to shortstop
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Bichette lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager homered to right
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy doubled to deep right
            • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Murphy stole third, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to deep center
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Tellez popped out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • T. Lopes: Foul, Ball, Lopes singled to center
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gordon popped out to third
            • A. Nola: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nola grounded into double play shortstop to first, Lopes out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)