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Rookie Bo Bichette lifts Blue Jays over Yankees with 12th-inning blast

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Bo Bichette led off the bottom of the 12th inning Friday night with a home run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 6-5.

Bichette’s 11th homer of the season came against left-hander Tyler Lyons (1-2).

Toronto’s Wilmer Font (3-2) pitched two perfect innings to earn the win.

“This kid’s going to be a star,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Bichette. “He’s confident. Before the at-bat he told a guy on the bench, ‘If they leave the left-hander on the mound and he throws me a slider, I’m going to take him deep.’ “

Bichette has 28 extra-base hits in his first 41 games. Only Joe DiMaggio (30) and Ryan Braun (29) had more.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks in five innings. He is winless in his last three starts.

“I just couldn’t really hold them down when I needed to,” Tanaka said through a translator.

Toronto left-hander Anthony Kay, making his second career major league start, allowed five runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out two in 4⅓ innings.

The Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk hit his career-best 26th home run of the season with one out in the second inning to open the scoring.

Toronto added two in the fourth. Rowdy Tellez singled with one out and scored on Reese McGuire’s two-out double. McGuire scored on an infield hit by Teoscar Hernandez, who continued to second on a throwing error by second baseman Gleyber Torres.

New York led 5-3 after scoring five runs in the top of the fifth.

White Sox 9, Mariners 7

In Seattle, Yusei Kikuchi allowed five runs and suffered his 10th loss of the season on Friday as the Mariners fell to Chicago.

Making the 30th start of his MLB debut season, Kikuchi (6-10) surrendered 10 hits to the 16 batters he faced over 2-1/3 innings at T-Mobile Park.

While the left-hander was able to hold the visitors to a run in each of the first two innings, he blew Seattle’s 3-2 lead in the third when he allowed three runs and retired no batters.

Kikuchi issued a leadoff walk Eloy Jimenez, a Yoan Monacada triple and a Danny Mendick RBI single that put the White Sox in front. Mendick was thrown out on the bases, but Adam Engle homered, and Kikuchi was replaced by former Seibu Lions teammate Wade LeBlanc.

“My pitches themselves were not bad,” Kikuchi said. “I got ahead in counts but couldn’t put batters away.

“I need to work on locating my out pitches better, because all year I’ve been throwing fat pitches and they’ve been getting hit.”

Rays 11, Angels 4

In Anaheim, Willy Adames, Austin Meadows and Jesus Aguilar homered in the third, and Tampa Bay kept pace in the AL wild card race with a win over the hosts.

Kole Calhoun hit two homers for Los Angeles, which lost its fifth straight while playing without Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton.

In related news, Ohtani underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Friday, a procedure that will keep him out for the remainder of the season, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Ohtani, who is in his second year in the majors, had the surgery to address bipartite patella, a rare congenital condition in which the bones of his kneecap are unfused.

Astros 4, Royals 1

In Kansas City, George Springer smacked a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning, Gerrit Cole (17-5) win his 13th straight decision and Houston beat the Royals to stop a three-game losing streak.

Cole struck out 11 in eight innings, reaching double figures for the sixth straight start.

Orioles 6, Tigers 2

In Detroit, in the first meeting in 50 years of major league teams both 50 or more games under .500, DJ Stewart and Trey Mancini homered to lead Baltimore past the hosts.

This was just the fourth time teams 50 or more games under .500 met, according to STATS, the first since Montreal played at San Diego on Aug. 29, 1969.

The Tigers dropped to a big league-worst 43-103. The Orioles are 48-99.

In Other Games

Cubs 17, Pirates 8

Cardinals 10, Brewers 0

Dodgers 9, Mets 2

Braves 5, Nationals 0

Athletics 14, Rangers 9

Rockies 10, Padres 8

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3

Giants 1, Marlins 0

Twins at Indians — ppd.

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