McGowan takes loss as Yankees beat Blue Jays 7-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Dustin McGowan didn't get the ending he wanted after his long road back to being a major league starter.

Instead, Yankees newcomer Masahiro Tanaka started his big league career in style.

Tanaka pitched seven innings, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Yankees beat McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Friday night.

The defeat spoiled McGowan's first start since September 2011. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out three.

"He's better than that and he'll get better than that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

McGowan (0-1) surrendered two runs and five hits in the first, running into trouble because he was tipping his pitches.

"I've got to fix that for sure," McGowan said. "I knew something was wrong from the get-go."

Tanaka, the much-touted Japanese import, stumbled early too, surrendering a home run to Melky Cabrera on his third pitch.

It was Cabrera's first homer of the season and the second leadoff shot of his career.

"It was my mistake and I thought that Cabrera took a really good swing at it," Tanaka said through a translator.

Tanaka settled down to retire the next three batters, catching Jose Bautista looking at a curveball and getting Edwin Encarnacion to miss on a slider.

Tanaka ran into trouble again in the second, when throwing error by Mark Teixeira loaded the bases for the Blue Jays before Jonathan Diaz grounded a two-run single to left.

New York reclaimed the lead and chased McGowan (0-1) with a two-run third that was aided by an overturned call. McGowan thought he'd escaped a jam when Ichiro Suzuki was called out on an infield chopper, but Joe Girardi argued and the call was changed after replay review. Yangervis Solarte followed with a two-run double.

"That's big," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Without instant replay, we're out of that inning."

Tanaka looked comfortable the rest of the way, facing just one batter over the minimum in his final five innings. Encarnacion hit a one-out double in the third but was left stranded. He reached again on an infield single off Solarte's glove to begin the sixth but was erased on a double play.

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