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McGowan wins again
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The Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 Wednesday. Toronto scored five in the fourth to help Long County favorite Dustin McGowan pick up his third win of the year.
In earlier games, the right-hander has pitched well and ended up with a loss or a no-decision, because of the Jays lack of offense.
But, in this game 10 hits by Toronto and seven runs scored through four innings helped McGowan get the win, despite being off his game.
On a night when McGowan threw nearly as many balls as he did strikes, he was able to get through some difficult innings.
One tough inning came in the fifth, when he allowed two batters to get on base early, and then after a wild pitch, had runners at second and third, with one out. But, he was able to strike out Omar Vizquel and then a fly out off Ray Durham’s bat ended the inning with the Giants being shut down.
On a night when the home crowd in San Francisco didn’t have much to cheer about, they came alive in the ninth as Barry Bonds, who had been given the day off from starting, came in to pinch hit. But, closer Jeremy Accardo struck out the outfielder, sending him home still pursuing “Hammern’ Hank”.   
With the out, Arccardo picked up his eighth save of the year, and it insured McGowan the win.
For the night, McGowan pitched six innings, facing 27 batters. He allowed seven hits, walked four, struck out six and gave up two earned runs. He threw 96 pitches, with 53 being strikes. For the year, he is now 3-2 and has an ERA of 4.78.
Toronto (32-34) is in third place in the American League East, 10 games behind the Boston Red Sox, who still have the best record in baseball, at 42-24.
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