Read the full story on SportsLook - Yusei Kikuchi and Four Blue Jays Relievers Combine for a Shutout Against Marlins
Both starters worked six scoreless innings in the middle game of a three-game series in Miami. Then it was decided after both men were replaced by relievers.
The Blue Jays' Ernie Clement and George Springer delivered back-to-back, one-out RBI singles in the top of the eighth inning off Tanner Scott (4-2), giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. Neither team scored the rest of the way.
Blue Jays Bounce Back
Toronto dropped the series opener 11-0 on Monday at loanDepot Park, where the 2023 World Baseball Classic final was held in March.
Since improving to 6-2 on the season on May 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Kikuchi hasn't been a pitcher of record in four straight starts. In his three previous starts, he pitched five innings (twice, against the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins) and 4⅔ innings against the Baltimore Orioles on June 15.
Kikuchi, who pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first, second and third, held the Marlins to two hits and struck out six. He didn't walk a batter in his 87-pitch outing.
Perez, a 20-year-old Dominican rookie, gave up three hits and fanned nine. He didn't issue a walk.
Marlins leadoff hitter Luis Arraez, who's in his fifth season in the majors, entered the game with an MLB-best .400 batting average. The Venezuelan second baseman faced Kikuchi three times on Tuesday. He grounded out to second in the first inning before singling to left in the fourth. Arraez then grounded out to second to end the sixth.
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Author: Ed Odeven