Dustin McGowan earns first win since June 22, 2008

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Dustin McGowan has had it rough over the last six years. The right-hander has undergone surgery four times since then, three times on his right shoulder and once on his knee. After a long road back to the big leagues, McGowan can go home tonight happy, as he has earned a win for the first time since June 22, 2008.

McGowan, 32, shut the Orioles out over 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one while striking out two. It’s a marked improvement over his first start of the season in which he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays scored twice for him in the fourth inning and the duo of Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos held the fort for the 2-0 victory.

Stephen Strasburg homers, knocks in five runs vs. Braves

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Stephen Strasburg‘s bat was on fire Thursday night in Atlanta. He hit a three-run home run off of Touki Toussaint to cap off an eight-run third inning, then added a two-run single off of Toussaint in the fifth.

The last time a pitcher knocked in at least five runs was on April 11, 2014 when Madison Bumgarner homered and drove in five runs at home against the Rockies. Strasburg is just the seventh pitcher since 2000 to knock in five runs in one game. The others, along with Strasburg and Bumgarner:

  • Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) vs. Reds, October 1, 2009 (HR, 6 RBI)
  • Jason Marquis (Cubs) vs. Mets, September 22, 2008 (HR, 5 RBI)
  • Micah Owings (Diamondbacks) vs. Braves, August 18, 2007 (2 HR, 6 RBI)
  • Robert Person (Phillies) vs. Expos, June 2, 2002 (HR, 7 RBI)
  • Shawn Estes (Giants) vs. Expos, May 24, 2000 (HR, 5 RBI)

Strasburg is 3-for-3 overall as he also singled to lead off the third. Tonight’s homer marked the fourth of his career and he’s now up to 25 RBI.

Strasburg is performing well on the mound as well. At the time of this writing, he has held the Braves to a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings as the Nationals lead 10-1.