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McGowan breaks through, earns first win of season
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Long County native Dustin McGowan, pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, earned his first major league win of 2007. - photo by File photo
Dustin McGowan had a stellar game Monday night as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-2. For seven innings, McGowan pitched a shutout, and was clearly in control of the game.
He only gave up one walk and three hits as the Jays built a 7-0 lead, which was enough to get the win.  
In the eighth, the Yankees scored two runs off the 25-year old right-hander on a Hideki Matsui two-run homer. It was the only runs New York would score on the night.
This was the second good performance in a row for McGowan. He pitched well last week against the Baltimore Orioles, but with the anemic batting of the Jays, Toronto lost 5-2.
On Saturday, the Jays were able to put up 15 hits and score 9 runs, and in this game, they managed 10 hits and 7 runs. Hopefully, they are out of their batting slump, and both McGowan and the other Toronto pitchers will be able to keep pace with their opponents, resulting in a few more Blue Jay wins.
This was the first win for McGowan since 2005, which was his first year in the majors.
In the game on Monday, McGowan pitched 7-2/3 innings, allowing 1 walk, 5 hits, and gave up 2 earned runs. He faced 30 batters, throwing 117 pitches, with 78 being strikes and striking out 7. He committed one error in the contest, and his ERA for the year is now 5.90.
Toronto has moved into third place in the American League East with a 23-27 record. They are 12 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox (35-15) and a 1/2 game behind Baltimore (24-27), who is in second place.
McGowan appears to be improving in every contest, and in the last two games, he has been able to avoid that “one big inning” where the opposition had been lighting him up. He will try to earn his second win of the season Saturday, as he starts against the Chicago White Sox (24-22).
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