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McGowan leads sweep of Rangers; Jays 1 run short against Yankees
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Dustin McGowan picked up his eighth win of the season Sunday night, with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers.
McGowan put in another solid night, something that is becoming expected, against Texas going eight-plus innings. The right-hander gave up one home run in the first inning, and that was all she wrote for the Rangers, as they weren’t able to score another run in the game, despite getting nine hits.
After McGowan gave up the one run, he settled down using a variety of pitches, to sit 14 batters off groundball outs. He also continued to frustrate batters by striking out six Rangers.
The 25-year-old pitcher got a lot of help from Matt Stairs, as the crusty veteran went three for three at bat — all doubles — and hitting two runs in.
In McGowan’s eight-plus innings, he faced 33 batters, throwing 106 pitches with 74 strikes. He gave up eight hits, the lone homer, and went 14-4 in ground-outs, fly-outs. He now has an ERA of 4.11 and his record is eight wins against five losses.
Over his last four starts, the Long County hurler has went 3-0, with one no-decision, and had an ERA of 1.59.
The win netted a sweep of the Rangers at Rogers Centre Stadium, and also was the eighth win in a row for the Blue Jays at home. It was the first time Toronto had won eight games in row since 1999.
On Monday night Toronto had 42,714 fans, their largest home game since the opening season debut, come out to see their winning streak snapped by the New York Yankees 5-4.
Toronto (56-55) is now 12 games behind Boston, with the Red Sox still appearing to be the cream of the crop in the American League having the best record in baseball at (68-43).
For the wild-card run, the Blue Jays are six games behind the Detroit Tigers who are (62-49), but who have slipped recently going 2-8 over their last 10 games.
McGowan will be going for his ninth win of the season this Saturday as the Blue Jays travel to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Kansas City Royals (48-62).
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