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McGowan picks up loss as bats fail Toronto again
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Dustin McGowan has got to be in the running for earning the “hard-luck award” this season.
He pitched well in two of his three starts, and even in his second start, the right-hander didn’t pitch bad. He could easily be 3-0 at this point in the season.  However, with only eight support runs in those three starts, the pitcher has two no-decisions and one loss.
Despite striking out 5, and allowing only 1 walk, McGowan and Toronto lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Monday night.
McGowan gave up two hits in the first inning, and allowed a run, but got out of the inning with a fine double play when Oriole Aubrey Huff grounded to McGowan who threw to shortstop David Eckstein at second. Eckstein then hit first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Then the Long County pitcher was pretty solid through the fourth inning, as the Baltimore was unable to score, in spite of piling up singles.  In the fifth, a two-run homer by Kevin Millar put Baltimore up 3-1.
In the sixth, McGowan closed out his night giving up one more hit, for a total of 10 in the game.
Led by a ninth inning home run by Blue Jay Alex Rios in the ninth, the Blue Jays narrowed the gap to one, but it wasn’t enough.
After the game, Jay manager John Gibbons was heard saying that the Blue Jays were simply “out-pitched, out-played and out-hit.”
McGowan went 6 complete innings, giving up 10 hits and 3 earned runs. He now has an ERA of 3.71. He faced 26 batters, striking out 5, and walking 1.  He threw 100 pitches with 64 strikes.
Toronto now sits at 7-6, behind Baltimore (8-5) and Boston (8-5) in the American League East.
The Long native will be back on the mound Saturday, when the Blue Jays take on Detroit. In his career against the Tigers, McGowan is 1-2 with an ERA of 9.95 in three starts.
That game will be at home for McGowan, as he and Toronto will be in the familiar confines of Rogers Centre Stadium; game-time is 1:07 p.m.
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