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Toronto wins; McGowan gets no decision
Dustin McGowan - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
The Blue Jays wrapped up a three-game sweep over Minnesota Thursday, with a 3-2 win.
Though Toronto won, it wasn't easy as the visitors had to go 11 innings to pick up the win.
Dustin McGowan started the game, and was dead on in the first as he had three batters up and put three batters down, with one strike out.  In the second, he gave up a walk and hit a batter but still got the three outs needed, and at the end of two it was still scoreless.
In the top of the third Toronto scored two runs. In the bottom of the third, the right-hander from Long County walked three batters and threw a wild pitch to allow the Twins Matt Tolbert to score, narrowing the game to 2-1.
In the top of the fourth the Jays were unable to score, and McGowan got back on track as he had another three-and-out inning.
In the fifth, the Jays still were held scoreless, and the Long hurler finally gave up his first hit of the game to Brendon Harris.  In that inning, Adam Everett scored for the Twins, knotting the game up.
From the sixth through the tenth, neither team could put up a run, however in the top of the 11th, with the bases loaded, Blue Jay infielder Joe Inglett was called upon to pinch hit.
Inglett, who was 0-10 in his last ten pinch hit attempts, cracked the game winning RBI with a single to left field, bringing in Scott Rolen.
In the game, McGowan got no-decision. Shawn Camp netted the win, and B.J. Camp picked up the save.
For the night, the right-hander from Ludowici faced 22 batters, throwing 101 pitches with 64 strikes. He walked 5, struck out 3, gave up 2 hits, and 2 earned runs. He had 6 groundouts and 5 fly outs, and his ERA is now 4.38 and his record is 2 wins and 3 losses.
The win was the fourth in a row for Toronto (21-22), and the Jays have moved into fourth in the American League East Division, only four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.
The division is the tightest in baseball with only 4-1/2 games separating the top team, Tampa Bay (24-17), from the bottom team, the New York Yankees (20-22).
McGowan should be back on the mound Wednesday, when he and the Jays take on Los Angeles. The Angels bring a 24-18 record into the game and the first pitch should be a 7:07 p.m. in Toronto.

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