April 11, 2014, BALTIMORE (ISN) – Dustin McGowan allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win since 2008, and the Toronto Blue Jays used two unearned runs to beat Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Friday night.
Making his first start since September 2011, the oft-injured McGowan (1-1) walked one, hit two batters and struck out two. He had faced the Orioles 13 times previously — going 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA and allowing 50 hits in 37 1-3 innings.
The right-hander spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six seasons. He had shoulder surgery in 2008 and 2010 and missed the entire 2012 season. In his debut this year, McGowan didn’t make it out of the third inning in a loss to the New York Yankees.
Against Baltimore, however, he allowed only one runner past second base.
Brett Cecil got five straight outs and Sergio Santos worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Tillman (1-1) allowed three hits over eight innings, lowering his ERA to 0.84. But the right-hander received no offensive support from his teammates, who were coming off a three-game series against the Yankees in which they collected 40 hits.
Two throwing errors by third baseman Jonathan Schoop provided Toronto with a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Jose Bautista reached on Schoop’s first errant toss and came around to score on the rookie’s second misfire. Dioner Navarro followed with a potential double-play grounder, but the relay to first base from shortstop Ryan Flaherty skipped past Tillman, allowing another run to score.
In the fifth, Baltimore hit three straight two-out singles to load the bases for cleanup hitter Adam Jones, who flied out to centre.
NOTES: Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy missed a fifth consecutive game with back spasms but expects to return Saturday. He received a cortisone shot Thursday and practiced Friday. … Right-hander Bud Norris returns from a six-day layoff to start for Baltimore on Saturday against Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison. … Ravens CB Lardarius Webb threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Toronto SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) participated in running drills prior to the game. He’s expected to run the bases Saturday and then could “head out in the next few days” for a rehab assignment, according to manager John Gibbons. … Bautista has reached base in all 11 games (13 walks, seven hits). … Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) will get two at-bats in a simulated game Saturday but will not run the bases. … Toronto leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.