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Yusei Kikuchi pitched seven strong innings and matched his MLB career-high with his sixth win on Thursday in the Seattle Mariners’ 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the first time in his three-year career in the majors, Kikuchi (6-3) has won five straight decisions as a starter, dating back to May 24. He was 6-11 in his rookie season in 2019 and went 2-4 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

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