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McGowan misses win, Devil Rays rally late
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Dustin McGowan pitched six solid innings and looked like he would pick up his third win in a row this past Monday. But a late rally by Tampa Bay cost the right-hander the win, as Toronto lost 5-4.
McGowan came into the game having pitched back-to-back wins, and was in line to pick up a third one when he was relieved after six innings. Over his six innings, the Long County native only allowed four hits and two runs as the Blue Jays led 3-2. But in the ninth inning, Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo couldn’t hold onto the lead, and the Devil Rays tied the game at 4-4, going into extra innings.
In the 11th, off a pitch from Brian Wolfe, Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford hit a solo homerun over the center-field wall, netting the Blue Jays a loss and McGowan a no-decision.
For the night McGowan faced 24 batters, throwing 95 pitches with 53 being for strikes. He struck out four batters, walked three, and allowed one homerun in the fifth. He gave up two earned runs over six innings, and now has an ERA of 4.36. His record for the year is seven wins against five losses.
Toronto got back on the winning track Tuesday night as they beat the Devil Rays 2-0. At 53-53, they currently sit in third place in the American League East, 11 games behind the Boston Red Sox. In the wild-card race, they are seven games behind the Cleveland Indians, who are 60-46.
During the month of July, Toronto continued to hover around the .500 mark, and was not able to make up any real ground in the playoff run. But McGowan established himself as one of their stronger pitchers, and appears to have a foothold in the starting rotation. For July, he had a 3-1 record, and had an ERA of 2.78.
The local favorite will be back on the mound Sunday as the Jays face the Texas Rangers (47-59) at Rogers Centre Stadium in Toronto.
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