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McGowan picks up loss, despite six solid innings
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Dustin McGowan pitched six and a third innings Tuesday against Los Angeles, but still picked up a loss as the Blue Jays offense sputtered.
McGowan had a solid game against the Angels, allowing only three runs and five hits, but the Jays offense continued to struggle despite out-hitting their opponents, 9 to 5. Toronto’s batters got the bat on the ball and put runners in scoring position, but netted only one run in the game.
An example of Toronto’s hitting woes is evident in Alex Rios’ stats for the past 18 games. He went 13 for 79, achieving a .165 batting average.  
In the opener against the Angels on Tuesday, Rios went on for four, making a critical error in the bottom of the ninth. With a 3-2 count, two outs and the bases loaded, the slugger let a strike go by, ending the game for Toronto.
McGowan’s pitching was shaky during the first three innings, allowing two runs and five hits. However, the right-hander settled down for the remainder of the night, and didn’t allow any more hits.
The Long County native easily pitched well enough for a win, but with only one run for the Jays, he picked up his fourth loss of the season, bringing his record to 2-4.
For the night, McGowan faced 29 batters, and threw 101 pitches, including 57 strikes. He struck out four and walked four, achieving a 4.21 ERA.
For the year, the right-hander has pitched 57 and two-thirds innings, giving up 56 hits, 27 walks and 27 earned runs. He struck out 42 batters.
The loss was Toronto’s second in a row, putting the team at 23-25 and in fourth place in the American League East, behind Boston (30-19), Tampa Bay (27-20) and Baltimore (24-21). The Yankees are in the cellar with a 21-25 mark.
McGowan will be back on the mound Sunday as he and the Blue Jays take on Kansas City. The Royals are 21-25, and will have right-hander Gil Meche throwing. Meche currently has a 3-6 record with a 5.58 ERA.  
In two career outings against the Royals, McGowan is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. Game time is 1:07 p.m.
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