Shohei Ohtani looks to the outfield as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays rounds the bases after hitting a home run during Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium.  (JUN NAGATA/Rafu Shimpo)

Rafu Staff and Wire Reports

Shohei Ohtani allowed five runs and struck out 10 batters in an uneven outing as the Los Angeles Angels suf­fered a 6-3 series-opening defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

Ohtani (3-3) took the loss against the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium, yielding six hits, including a game-opening leadoff homer and a sixth-inning leadoff homer, while walking one over six innings. He was pitching on seven days’ rest.

“I got a fair number of strikeouts but it was as if I was tricking myself (into not feeling the stiffness in my lower back),” Ohtani said. “But overall, I couldn’t just let the ball fly the way I wanted.”

As the Angels’ designated hitter, he went 0-for-2 with an RBI fielder’s choice and a walk, and left for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Ohtani has hit in all eight games he has pitched this season.

Hyun-jin Ryu got his second win of the season without a loss for To­ronto, after working five innings and surrendering two earned runs.

At Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki went 1-for-2 with a stolen base, but left the game after he jammed his left ring finger sliding into second base in the third inning.

“The game just finished so it’s hard for me to comment,” Suzuki said of his injury that the team called a sprain. “I couldn’t even hold my bat so I figured I shouldn’t play. I’ll have to rest tomorrow and see how it feels. I want to return as soon as possible.”

On Friday, Suzuki was listed as day-to-day with a sprained left ring finger.

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Cubs 20-5, tallying their highest run count in 23 years. They had a combined 20 hits, including two home runs and five RBIs from Kyle Farmer.

On Wednesday in San Diego, Yu Darvish turned in another quality start but a lack of run support led to his second loss of the 2022 campaign as the Padres were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1.

Darvish (4-2) was tagged with the loss, pitching 6-2/3 innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven against the Brewers.

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