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McGowan starts as Blue Jays continue series with Indians

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5/14/2014 11:14:23 AM
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The Toronto Blue Jays will turn to righty Dustin McGowan tonight against Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians.

McGowan has won his last two decisions and is 2-1 on the year with a 4.63 ERA. He did not get a decision his last time out, though, despite a decent effort against the Los Angeles Angels that saw him allow two runs in five innings of his team's 4-3 loss.

"I got through it," McGowan said. "But I didn't have my slider, so luckily the changeup got me through. It was one of those games where you give it everything you can and see what happens."

McGowan has never beaten the Indians, going 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in four games (3 starts).

Cleveland right-hander Kluber lost to the Blue Jays back on April 6. Since then, though, he's been one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Kluber looks for another strong start on tonight as the Indians continue a three-game set with the Blue Jays.

Since surrendering five runs in 6 2/3 innings in that loss to the Blue Jays, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 38 strikeouts in four starts since. He defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, as he limited them to a pair of runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings to run his record to 3-3, while lowering his ERA to 3.48.

"I've felt good out there recently, so I was trying to not really change anything," Kluber said. "Just go out there and continue to pound the strike zone and attack guys."

Cleveland lost for the ninth time in 11 road tries on Tuesday, as Juan Francisco homered and had two RBI to help Toronto to a 5-4 win. Adam Lind also knocked in two and Melky Cabrera added the other RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight.

Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (4-3) scattered four hits over six-plus innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- with six strikeouts. Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.

"The good news is I feel like I'm pounding the zone and pitching to contact," said Dickey. "I had a great knuckleball, but I am not making it easy on myself or my team in the later innings."

The Blue Jays have homered in 17 of their 19 home games this season.

Nick Swisher drove in a pair for Cleveland, which saw starter Justin Masterson (2-2) take the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

"First time through the order went really well," said Indians manager Terry Francona of Masterson. "He got a couple balls up that they stayed on pretty well. We just couldn't get one big hit."

Cleveland had won five of six overall entering this series.

Toronto took two of three from the Tribe earlier in the year.




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