Friday, July 31, 2015

Jays avert sweep

PITTSBURGH—Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons said he sat awake in his hotel bed Saturday night, thinking about his bullpen’s recent problems.
He even addressed his group of relievers yesterday morning.

Dustin McGowan made those worries a non-factor, at least for a day.
McGowan pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam, and Melky Cabrera added a two-run homer as the Jays dumped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2.
“We had to have that one,” Gibbons stressed.
McGowan (2-1) allowed one run while striking out five and throwing 101 pitches.
It was the second-consecutive quality start for McGowan, a diabetic who started wearing an insulin pump on the mound in his last start.
“My blood sugar still gets erratic sometimes,” he noted. “But that’s part of the game for me.
“With the adrenaline going and everything, it does what it wants to do.
“I can’t control it sometimes.”
McGowan eclipsed the 100-pitch mark for the first time since June 27, 2008.
“That’s two outings wearing that pump,” Gibbons noted. “Maybe there’s something to that.”
It was just the fourth win in 13 games for Toronto, which prevented the Pirates from completing their first series sweep of the season.
Rasmus connected in the second inning for his fourth career slam. He also doubled and singled.
The Jays held on to this early lead. Toronto wasted a 5-3, ninth-inning edge in the series-opener and then a 5-0, fourth-inning advantage Saturday night.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista walked in the fifth to reach base in his 31st-consecutive game—the longest active streak in the majors.
But he went hitless, snapping a career-best 13-game hitting streak.
In AL action yesterday, Minnesota beat Baltimore 5-2, Chicago edged Cleveland 4-3, Tampa Bay downed New York 5-1, Oakland nipped Boston 3-2 (10 innings), Detroit dumped Kansas City 9-4, Seattle topped Houston 8-7, and Texas bombed L.A. 14-3.
In the NL, Philadelphia blanked Washington 1-0, Miami topped L.A. 5-4, San Francisco beat Atlanta 4-1, San Diego edged Arizona 4-3, Cincinnati nipped Milwaukee 4-3 (10 innings). New York downed Colorado 5-1, and St. Louis shaded Chicago 5-4.

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