Yusei Kikuchi picked up a quality start and the win on Friday when he gave up one run on two hits while striking out seven as the Mariners beat the Rangers 6-1.
Kikuchi held the Rangers offense down through six innings by only allowing two hits, one of which was a Jose Trevino solo shot in the top of the fifth inning. This was the left-hander's best start in nearly a month after giving up four, five, and three runs, respectively, over his last three starts. Even after the solid effort he still owns a 2-2 record, 5.23 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and a 34:10 K/BB ratio over 31 innings. He'll toe the rubber against the Giants in San Francisco in his next start.