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McGowan struggles early against Mariners
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Dustin McGowan was three pitches away from the history books Monday in giving up one hit to the Colorado Rockies. But Friday, he struggled early and picked up his fourth loss of the year, as Toronto lost 5-3 to the Seattle Mariners.
The right-hander gave up three hits in the first, and then capped by a wild pitch, the Mariners scored two early. The second was no better with two batters getting hits, and McGowan putting three more on base with walks, resulting in another two runs.
Before the Jays and McGowan knew it, the team was down 4-1.
McGowan did settle down over the next three innings, allowing only two hits and giving up one more run. But the Blue Jays weren’t able to round the bases despite out-hitting the Rockies, resulting in back-to-back losses.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game that he felt McGowan couldn’t get anything going, but was pleased that he hung in the game and it ended up being a lot closer than it appeared it was going to be.
For the night, McGowan pitched 5 innings facing 26 batters. He threw 101 pitches, with 61 strikes. He struck out 4, walked 3 and gave up 8 hits.
In 2007, he has started 11 games having a 4-4 record with an ERA of 5.15. He has given up 63 hits, walked 26, and struck out 53 batters.  He has given up 4 home runs and 37 earned runs.
He also has batted in 3 games, getting 2 hits in 7 at bats.
With the loss, Toronto dropped back below the .500 mark and has a record of 39-40. They are 10-1/2 games behind Boston (49-29) and are in second place in the American League East.
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