McGowan solid in Blue Jays' 7-2 win over Pirates

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan (29) pitches in the first inning against the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan (29) pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates t PNC Park on May 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - The need for something special from Dustin McGowan was two-fold.

After two devastating bullpen meltdowns in a row, the Blue Jays needed a solid seven innings from a starting pitcher. For McGowan himself, it was yet another day when he was pitching for his job.

McGowan filled both prescriptions. He worked seven strong innings, allowed just three hits, six baserunners and one run, setting the tone for Toronto’s 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, salvaging a much-needed victory from this three-game weekend series.

Colby Rasmus belted a grand slam in the second inning and Melky Cabrera added a two-run shot to give the Jays a five-run cushion but, having blown a two-run lead on Friday and a four-run lead on Saturday, there was no sense of comfort until Brett Cecil put the final out away in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday.

McGowan was rocked in the first inning when leadoff man Josh Harrison drilled a triple to right centre. Rasmus got a glove


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