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Morrow, blown call beat Mets; Toronto pitcher downs New York by tossing a three-hit shutout

After eight innings of futility, the Mets' best chance to beat Brandon Morrow was cut short by a close call on the bases.

Morrow pitched his second shutout in four starts, blanking the Mets on three hits and leading the Toronto Blue Jays over New York 2-0 on Saturday.

"Morrow was sharp," New York's Mike Baxter said. "He made a lot of good pitches, he mixed well, elevated his fastball in the zone. He threw really well."

Morrow (5-2) struck out eight and walked one to win for the fifth time in six outings. He has three career shutouts, including one other one this season.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Morrow said. "As long as I'm locating my fastball, I think I'm going to have a good game."

Morrow also benefited from a call in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston led off with a walk and went to third on Baxter's one-out single. Baxter tried to stretch his hit into a double but was thrown out at second base by Jose Bautista, with shortstop Yunel Escobar applying the swipe tag. Replays confirmed that Baxter was not touched and should have been safe.

"We got into a good spot there," said Baxter, who yelled in frustration at umpire Brian Knight before turning the argument over to manager Terry Collins.

"[Knight] said he thought [Escobar] tagged [Baxter] on the back," Collins said. "I thought if [Knight] didn't have a good view of it [he should] ask and he said he couldn't, so that was it. I pretty much had no argument after that."

Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson gave credit to Bautista, who picked up his third outfield assist.

"It was huge," Johnson said. "It was a scary situation. You're looking at second and third with one out and the middle of their order [coming up]."

Rather than dealing with a potential Mets rally, Morrow swiftly ended the game by getting Daniel Murphy to line out to shortstop.

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