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Mistakes cost McGowan, Jays a win
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Toronto Pitcher Dustin McGowan put in his sixth solid start in a row, but because of a couple of mistakes by him and a couple more by first-baseman Lyle Overby, the Jays lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Long County native went plus-six innings, and had a pretty good game for most of the night. But a homerun by center fielder Gary Matthews in the second, and then a Matthews’ walk in the seventh, resulted in runs that made the difference in the game.
But McGowan couldn’t accept all the responsibility for the loss as the usually sure-handed Overby, made two critical mistakes in the seventh resulting in two runs. Overby flubbed a ground ball in the seventh that set up Matthews for a score, and then a miss-handled ground ball toss from right-fielder Alex Rios, sent Angel first-baseman Casey Kotchman home, putting the Jays down 4-1.
Toronto didn’t throw in the towel, and managed to put two runs on the board in the bottom of the ninth, but they still fell a little short, and were unable to sweep the angels in there three game series.
After the game, McGowan and Overby said they thought it was their fault the team lost. But manager John Gibbons said no individual was responsible for the loss.
Despite the homerun and two-ill timed walks, McGowan had another solid night as he faced 25 batters, striking out seven of them.
He threw 97 pitches, with 56 being for strikes, and he gave up the lone homerun to Matthews.
He gave up three earned runs, and had one more walk, for a total of three in the game.
Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night by a score of 5-2, out-hitting their opponents’ 10 hits to 4.  With the win, they improved their record to 62-59.
McGowan (8-7) will try to snap his two game losing streak when he and the Blue Jays take on the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday at Rogers Centre Stadium in Toronto.
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