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McGowan dominates, yet Blue Jays lose 2-1
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After a game where he gave up a career high 7 walks against Tampa Bay last week, Dustin McGowan came out Wednesday ready to prove that performance was a fluke.
The right-hander pitched 7-plus innings against the Boston Red Sox, and had his most dominating game this year, but despite his stellar performance Toronto still continued to skid, losing 2-1.
Over the first seven innings, the Long County native struck out five, issued no walks and allowed only three hits, but got no decision.  McGowan’s dominance was shown between the second and the seventh innings where the 98-mph pitcher retired 16 Red Sox batters.
However, with one out in the seventh, Boston slugger, David Ortiz cracked a 2-0 pitch from the righty, which came down in the right-field stands for a solo homer putting the home team up 1-0 over the Jays.
In the top of the eighth, Toronto tied the game, and then shut down the Sox in the bottom of the inning, giving the fans at Fenway an all-even game 1-1 going into the last inning.
In the ninth, the Toronto offense was still as anemic as it has been in recent games, and couldn’t produce.
Boston wasn’t quite as generous. Ortiz belted a single off Toronto reliever Scott Downs, followed by the pitcher walking Manny Ramirez, which put runners at first and second.
After this, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek delivered a two-out single to give Boston a tough 2-1 win.
The loss dropped Toronto’s record to 1-7 on their current nine-game road trip.
For the night, McGowan faced 27 batters, throwing 101 pitches with 64 strikes. He struck out 5, walked 1, allowed 4 hits and 1 earned run.  He had 10 groundouts and 7 fly outs and his ERA now stands at 3.57 and he has a 1-2 record.
Toronto’s record fell to 11-17 as they sit in the cellar of the American League East, 5-1/2 games behind Boston.  Over the last 10 games they have posted a record of 2-8.
McGowan should be back on the mound on May 5 when he and the Jays take on the Chicago White Sox. That game will be at Rogers Centre Stadium in Toronto, and McGowan will be facing right-hander Javier Vazquez.  Game time is 7 p.m.
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