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McGowan shows some improvement
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Dustin McGowan got his fourth start Wednesday and is still looking for that first win of the year as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.
Even though the right-hander didn’t get the win, and the Jays did pick up their 25th loss of the season, McGowan showed much improvement in being able to get through some tough innings.
In his previous three starts, McGowan at time has been brilliant and shown the talent that drew Toronto to select him. On the other hand, in two of the three games he has had loose innings where he fell apart, and was bombed by the opposing batters.
In the game Wednesday, McGowan wasn’t as dominating in getting strikeouts, but he was more in control of the game, while he was on the mound. In both the third and the fifth innings, he found himself in difficult situations and was able to get out of the innings without letting the opposing team score an onslaught of runs.
McGowan pitched six full innings, which was the furthest he has gone in the four starts he has made. When he was replaced in the seventh, the Blue Jays were only down 3-2, and the Long County native left his team within range to pick up the win.  
Unfortunately, Toronto continued its pitiful offensive display and wasn’t able to put up any more runs, and lost the game 5-2.
Toronto had better improve on their offensive output, or McGowan or anyone else won’t be getting many wins this year. 
Going into Wednesday's game, the Blue Jays were 12th in hits and 10th in batting average in the American League. Also through 47 games they had scored three runs or less in 20 of them.
Toronto (21-26) is currently 11 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox (32-15) in the American League Eastern Division.
In the game on Wednesday, McGowan faced 26 batters giving up
8 hits and 3 earned runs. He walked 2 batters, struck out 3, and committed
1 error.  He threw 87 pitches and 54 of them were for strikes.
For the year through 4 games, McGowan is 0-2 with an ERA of 7.17.
He will make his next start on Monday against the New York Yankees, who are 21-25.
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