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McGowan continues to pitch well for Jays
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Dustin McGowan continued to show Toronto manager John Gibbons he made the right call, putting the right-hander in the rotation. McGowan had another good outing this past Friday, going seven innings and allowing two earned runs and four hits in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.   
Impressively, McGowan didn’t allow a walk and shut down 16 consecutive batters.
Of 81 pitches, 56 were strikes. He struck out four batters. He did not earn a decision, so his record remains 2-2. His ERA is 5.02.
Over the last three games, McGowan has struck out 16 batters, given up only 4 walks and has a 2.91 ERA.
His next start is today against Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants (29-34) at AT&T Park in San Francisco Park. Game time is scheduled for 3:35 p.m.
Gibbons also allowed the Long County standout, to get into the batting lineup for the first time this year, batting in the nine hole. Showing he still knew how to swing the wood, McGowan went 1-for-2. He singled to center field in the sixth inning.  
He also got a piece of the ball in his first time at bat, but the Dodgers turned it into a double play..
Second baseman Jeff Kent flicked the ball to shortstop Rafael Furcal at second, who then threw to first, putting McGowan on the bench. 
However, McGowan got revenge against Furcal in the next inning, striking the shortstop out.
The game was tight through out the night, with LA having a one run lead, 2-1 going into the ninth.  But a home run by first baseman Matt Stairs in the top of the inning, tied the game for the Blue Jays.
Going into extra innings, Toronto’s shortstop John McDonald scored the go ahead run, when pinch hitter Gregg Zaun hit a single. 
But the Jays couldn’t hold on to the lead, as the Dodgers scored two in the bottom of the 10th to give Toronto its third consecutive loss.
Toronto is currently 30-33, and is 10 1/2 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox (40-22) in the American League East.
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