1st West Point grad in majors wins debut as Jays top Pirates

TORONTO (AP) Walking off the mound to a standing ovation from a crowd that included his parents and sister, Chris Rowley started to become aware of the magnitude of his achievement.

Rowley became the first West Point graduate to reach the major leagues, pitching one-run ball over 5 1/3 innings to win his debut Saturday and lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2.

A 26-year-old right-hander, Rowley is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Bypassed in the amateur draft, he signed with Toronto and went 4-0 with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays that year. A first lieutenant, Rowley missed the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active service, which included a stint in Bulgaria.

Following 30 months in the U.S. Army, he received an exception to the remainder of his service in January 2016 but remains on Individual Ready Reserve. He went 10-3 last year at Class A Dunedin, started this season 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA at Double-A New Hampshire, then was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo in mid-June and went 3-4 with a 2.82 ERA in five starts and 12 relief appearances.

Rowley (1-0) allowed five hits against the Pirates, struck out three and walked one.

''I thought he looked very confident out there,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Asked whether the military background helped, Gibbons replied: ''There's no doubt. That's just how they groom `em. He's been through some things.''

Pittsburgh's only run off him came when Josh Bell hit a leadoff triple in the second and tied the score on Jordy Mercer's two-out single.

''He kept people off balance, he moved the ball around the zone,'' said Tom Prince, the Pirates' acting manager this weekend while Clint Hurdle attended Don Baylor's funeral.

Rowley left after Josh Harrison singled with one out in the sixth and Bell walked. The crowd of 46,179 showed its appreciation.

''Walking off and all those people standing, that was something really special for me,'' Rowley said. ''I don't think anybody really expects to experience that in their life.''

One day after star outfielder Andrew McCutchen limped off with a sore left knee, the Pirates lost another outfielder when Gregory Polanco pulled up with a sore left hamstring while chasing Josh Donaldson's bloop single in the fifth. Polanco is day to day.

''Something grabbed him and that was it,'' Prince said.

.Jose Bautista walked and scored on Steve Pearce's RBI grounder in the first. Donaldson restored Toronto's lead with a bases-loaded walk in the second off Trevor Williams (5-5) allowed four runs - three earned - four hits and four walks in six innings.

After missing the previous two games with an illness, Kendrys Morales pinch hit for Raffy Lopez after the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Morales hit an RBI grounder to shortstop, and a second run scored when second baseman Adam Frazier's relay throw on an attempted double play got away from Bell at first for a throwing error,

''I shot myself in the foot a few times,'' Williams said. ''I didn't necessarily make it super easy on myself.''

Toronto scored three times against Joaquin Benoit in the seventh, with two runs scoring on Harrison's throwing error at third and another on Kevin Pillar's sacrifice fly.

Mercer homered off Leonel Campos in the ninth.

EVEN DOZEN

Rowley is the 12th t pitcher to start for the Blue Jays this season, one short of the team record set in 1979 and matched in 2002 and 2013.

SWINGING A NEW STICK

NHL players Shea Weber and Nathan Beaulieu took batting practice before the game, with Weber hitting a home run on one of his swings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: McCutchen (left knee) hit and ran before the game but did not play. ''I was ready to go the whole game,'' he said. ''If they needed me, I was ready. At the same time, I don't need to be doing something and making it worse. You've got to be safe.''

Blue Jays: Toronto put C Russell Martin (strained left oblique) on the 10-day DL and selected the contract of C Mike Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ohlman and Rowley, RHP Chris Smith and OF Chris Coghlan were designated for assignment. ... Gibbons said RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) could return in a relief role rather than rejoining the rotation once his finger heals.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (5-7, 4.53) is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA over his past eight starts. He has never faced Toronto.

Blue Jays: After going winless in his final four July starts, LHP J.A. Happ (5-8, 3.77) is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two August outings.

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  • W: C. Rowley (1-0)L: T. Williams (5-5)
  • HR: PIT - J. Mercer (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B50000002.281.348.383.7310.0
J. Harrison 3B40100011.278.349.423.7720.5
J. Bell 1B31200110.257.333.486.8195.5
D. Freese DH30100123.265.387.379.7661.0
G. Polanco RF20000002.255.311.407.7180.0
S. Rodriguez LF20000014.192.311.442.754-0.5
J. Mercer SS41221001.254.327.409.7368.0
J. Jaso RF40100001.213.308.398.7062.0
F. Cervelli C40000011.251.340.373.713-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF22000222.216.323.399.7234.0
    J. Donaldson DH41110112.250.378.477.8553.5
    J. Smoak 1B41200025.297.374.577.9512.0
    S. Pearce LF31110101.264.339.454.7924.0
    E. Carrera LF00000000.305.370.459.8290.0
    R. Lopez C20000021.143.250.143.393-1.0
    a- K. Morales PH10010001.251.314.454.7681.0
    M. Ohlman C11100000.300.300.300.6002.0
    K. Pillar CF21010001.245.295.393.6873.0
    R. Goins SS40000011.220.275.337.612-0.5
    D. Barney 3B40000011.225.274.288.563-0.5
    R. Refsnyder 2B40300000.167.254.233.4873.0
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Lopez in the 5th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Jaso (16)
    • 3B - J. Bell (5)
    • HR - J. Mercer (11)
    • RBI - J. Mercer 2 (47)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (19)
    BATTING
    • SF - K. Pillar (3)
    • RBI - J. Donaldson (43), S. Pearce (34), K. Morales (60), K. Pillar (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (11)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Frazier (8), J. Harrison (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 5-5)6.04434704.191.278.5
    J. Benoit1.03310004.501.22-1.0
    A. Schugel1.01000201.171.303.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams (L, 5-5)6.0
    J. Benoit1.0
    A. Schugel1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rowley (W, 1-0)5.15111301.691.1316.5
    D. Leone (H, 6)1.21000302.551.043.5
    A. Loup0.21001004.641.55-2.0
    R. Tepera0.10000103.381.070.5
    L. Campos1.01111013.481.350.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rowley (W, 1-0)5.1
    D. Leone (H, 6)1.2
    A. Loup0.2
    R. Tepera0.1
    L. Campos1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Williams 2 (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 95-60, J. Benoit 19-12, A. Schugel 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-6, A. Schugel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 28, J. Benoit 6, A. Schugel 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rowley 75-47, D. Leone 19-15, A. Loup 17-8, R. Tepera 3-3, L. Campos 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rowley 6-7, D. Leone 2-0, A. Loup 1-1, L. Campos 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Rowley 22, D. Leone 6, A. Loup 4, R. Tepera, L. Campos 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Marte CF40100111.245.311.325.6361.5
    A. Frazier 2B50000002.281.348.383.7310.0
    J. Harrison 3B40100011.278.349.423.7720.5
    J. Bell 1B31200110.257.333.486.8195.5
    D. Freese DH30100123.265.387.379.7661.0
    G. Polanco RF20000002.255.311.407.7180.0
    S. Rodriguez LF20000014.192.311.442.754-0.5
    J. Mercer SS41221001.254.327.409.7368.0
    J. Jaso RF40100001.213.308.398.7062.0
    F. Cervelli C40000011.251.340.373.713-0.5
    Total3528213716-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF22000222.216.323.399.7234.0
      J. Donaldson DH41110112.250.378.477.8553.5
      J. Smoak 1B41200025.297.374.577.9512.0
      S. Pearce LF31110101.264.339.454.7924.0
      E. Carrera LF00000000.305.370.459.8290.0
      R. Lopez C20000021.143.250.143.393-1.0
      a- K. Morales PH10010001.251.314.454.7681.0
      M. Ohlman C11100000.300.300.300.6002.0
      K. Pillar CF21010001.245.295.393.6873.0
      R. Goins SS40000011.220.275.337.612-0.5
      D. Barney 3B40000011.225.274.288.563-0.5
      R. Refsnyder 2B40300000.167.254.233.4873.0
      Total3178404915-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Lopez in the 5th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jaso (16)
      • 3B - J. Bell (5)
      • HR - J. Mercer (11)
      • RBI - J. Mercer 2 (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (19)
      BATTING
      • SF - K. Pillar (3)
      • RBI - J. Donaldson (43), S. Pearce (34), K. Morales (60), K. Pillar (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Frazier (8), J. Harrison (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 5-5)6.04434704.191.278.5
      J. Benoit1.03310004.501.22-1.0
      A. Schugel1.01000201.171.303.0
      Total8.0874490---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 5-5)6.0
      J. Benoit1.0
      A. Schugel1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rowley (W, 1-0)5.15111301.691.1316.5
      D. Leone (H, 6)1.21000302.551.043.5
      A. Loup0.21001004.641.55-2.0
      R. Tepera0.10000103.381.070.5
      L. Campos1.01111013.481.350.0
      Total9.0822371---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rowley (W, 1-0)5.1
      D. Leone (H, 6)1.2
      A. Loup0.2
      R. Tepera0.1
      L. Campos1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Williams 2 (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 95-60, J. Benoit 19-12, A. Schugel 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-6, A. Schugel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 28, J. Benoit 6, A. Schugel 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rowley 75-47, D. Leone 19-15, A. Loup 17-8, R. Tepera 3-3, L. Campos 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rowley 6-7, D. Leone 2-0, A. Loup 1-1, L. Campos 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Rowley 22, D. Leone 6, A. Loup 4, R. Tepera, L. Campos 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Mercer homered to left center27
      • 7TH INNING
        Pillar hit sacrifice fly to right, Ohlman scored17
        Ohlman reached on an infield single to pitcher, Smoak and Pearce scored, Ohlman to third on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error16
      • 5TH INNING
        Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bautista and Donaldson scored, Pearce out at second on left fielder Frazier fielding error14
      • 2ND INNING
        Donaldson walked, Pillar scored, Refsnyder to third, Bautista to second12
        Mercer singled to center, Bell scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Pearce reached on fielder's choice to second, Bautista scored, Smoak out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Leonel Campos relieved Ryan Tepera
        • Ezequiel Carrera in left
        • J. Mercer: Mercer homered to left center
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Jaso flied out to left
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to deep right
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
        • A. Frazier: Frazier lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Aaron Loup relieved Dominic Leone
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harrison flied out to right
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to center
        • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freese walked, Bell to second
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Aaron Loup
        • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A.J. Schugel relieved Joaquin Benoit
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barney struck out looking
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Refsnyder singled to center
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bautista struck out on foul tip
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Leone Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to second
        • J. Jaso: Jaso doubled to deep right
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joaquin Benoit relieved Trevor Williams
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson popped out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to left
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Pearce singled to left center, Smoak to second
        • M. Ohlman: Strike looking, Ball, Ohlman reached on an infield single to pitcher, Smoak and Pearce scored, Ohlman to third on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar hit sacrifice fly to right, Ohlman scored
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goins lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Mike Ohlman catching
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier flied out to left
        • J. Harrison: Harrison singled to center
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Harrison to second
        • Dominic Leone relieved Chris Rowley
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins flied out to center
        • D. Barney: Ball, Barney flied out to center
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Refsnyder singled to right
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Rowley Pitching:
        • J. Jaso: Jaso flied out to right
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista hit by pitch
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Donaldson singled to right, Bautista to second
        • Sean Rodriguez in left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked, Bautista to third, Donaldson to second
        • Kendrys Morales hit for Raffy Lopez
        • K. Morales: Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bautista and Donaldson scored, Pearce out at second on left fielder Frazier fielding error
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Rowley Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • D. Freese: Freese singled to left
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep center
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Barney lined out to right
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Refsnyder grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Rowley Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Marte singled to center
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier popped out to second
        • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harrison flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Pearce grounded out to third
        • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Rowley Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell tripled to left center
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to first
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer singled to center, Bell scored
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jaso reached on fielder's choice to second, Mercer out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pillar hit by pitch
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Goins struck out on foul tip
        • D. Barney: Barney lined out to left
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Refsnyder singled to center, Pillar to second
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista walked, Pillar to third, Refsnyder to second
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Pillar scored, Refsnyder to third, Bautista to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Rowley Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
        • A. Frazier: Frazier lined out to left
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to right, Bautista to third
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Pearce reached on fielder's choice to second, Bautista scored, Smoak out at second
        • R. Lopez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)