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Former Fisher Cat McGowan shuts down Orioles in Jays’ 2-0 win

Dustin McGowan allowed five hits over 6.1 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, last 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 in 37.1 innings.

The right-hander, who has had three stints with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 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 for his first win since June 22, 2008.

White Sox 9, Indians 6

Conor Gillaspie had a career-high four RBI, leading Chris Sale and Chicago over Cleveland.

Sale (3-0) pitched five innings in his first win against Cleveland since May 1, 2012. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits while throwing 105 pitches.

The White Sox have captured the first two games of their first series of the year against the Indians, who had a 17-2 record against Chicago last season.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (0-2) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 4.2 innings.

Twins 10, Royals 1

Chris Colabello drove in three runs, Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning and Minnesota beat Kansas to end a nine-game home losing streak that dated to last season.

Josmil Pinto homered for the Twins, who reached double digits in runs for the third time this year.

Rays 2, Reds 1

David Price took a shutout into the ninth and Matt Joyce homered, helping Tampa Bay beat the slumping Reds for their first victory in Cincinnati.

The teams have a brief and lopsided interleague history. The Reds had won eight of their nine previous games, with Tampa Bay’s only win coming at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2011, on Evan Longoria’s game-ending homer.

Longoria singled home a run in the first inning last night, and Joyce added his homer to deep right field off Johnny Cueto (0-2) as the Rays finally got a victory in their second visit to Great American Ball Park. They also visited in 2005 and got swept while giving up 34 runs in three games.

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