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McGowan gets win, as Toronto claims 4th straight victory
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The Toronto Blue Jays picked up their fourth win in a row Sunday when they beat the Kansas City Royals.
Local right-hander Dustin McGowan gave up only one walk in the 3-1 Blue Jay victory.
McGowan had his best outing in more than a month as he pitched for seven innings, only giving up one run. The Long County Laser did give up nine hits in the game, but with his 98-mph fastball, the pitcher also struck out seven.
The only run, which McGowan gave up, was in the fifth, when left-fielder David DeJesus cracked a ball into left field for a sacrifice fly, bringing in right-fielder Ross Gload.
For the night, McGowan faced 26 batters, throwing 90 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. He gave up the one earned run and the lone walk, while striking out 7 and allowing 9 hits. His ERA is now 3.90; he has a record of 3 wins against 4 losses.
Toronto (27-25) now has won 10 of their last 13 games and has moved into third place in the American League Eastern Division, four games behind Tampa Bay at 30-20 and Boston at 31-21.
When asked how it felt to pick up the win after getting a few tough losses recently, McGowan replied, “It always feels good to help your team get a win, but sometimes when you get those tough losses, it helps you learn more about yourself.”
McGowan also commented on the support of fans in the area.
“It feels really good knowing that there are people watching every game, so I would like to really thank everyone”.
McGowan will be back on the mound this Friday when he and the Blue Jays travel to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels.
The last time the two teams met, McGowan battled for 6 1/3rd innings, keeping the game close and allowing only three runs and five hits. However, the Blue Jays only scored one run, resulting in a loss for both the team and the pitcher.
The game is at Angel Stadium, and the first pitch will be thrown at 10:05 Eastern Time.
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