Dustin McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays picked up losses Saturday night as the Royals won 4-1.
Led by the bat of Alex Gordon, Kansas City was able to out hit Toronto seven hits to four. But the real difference in the game was the third baseman dominating McGowan and the Blue Jay bats deciding to take the night off.
Gordon went three for three against the Long County pitcher, and had a two-run homer in the sixth, which for all practical purposes ended the game.
McGowan started the night well, allowing only one hit and shutting out the Royals over the first four innings. But in the bottom of the fifth, with the Blue Jays leading 1-0, Kansas City scored two. With two more in the sixth they were up by three runs.
On the other side of the field, the Toronto batters got little going, managing only four hits in the contest. But the one bright spot for the night was Troy Glaus coming out of his zero-for-August slump, as the third baseman went 2-4, including a double late in the game.
Despite picking up his first loss during his last four starts, McGowan had another solid game going six-plus innings, giving up six hits and allowing only three earned runs.
He faced 27 batters, throwing 100 pitches, with 63 being for strikes. He struck out four, walked one and allowed the lone homerun against Glaus.
The right-hander now has a 4.12 ERA, and has eight wins against six losses.
Toronto got back on the winning track on Sunday, beating Kansas City 4-1, but lost Monday night, 6-2, to split the series in K.C.
At 59-58 they are in third place in the American League East, 11.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox (71-47) and 7-1/2 game behind the New York Yankees (67-51).
They headed home to Rogers Centre Stadium on Tuesday to take on the Los Angeles Angels (69-47). McGowan will try to pick up his ninth win of the year when he takes the mound Thursday in game three of the series.