TORONTO, June 24 (UPI) -- Dustin McGowan came within three outs of hurling a no-hitter Sunday as Toronto blanked Colorado 5-0 to complete a three-game interleague sweep.
McGowan gave up a leadoff single by Jeff Baker in the top of the ninth after holding the Rockies hitless through eight innings.
Designated hitter Frank Thomas belted his 499th career home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth, giving Toronto a 4-0 lead.
Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the third and Aaron Hill hit an RBI double in the sixth for the Blue Jays, who have won four of their last five games. Toronto managed just seven hits on the day.
McGowan (4-3) walked one and struck out seven in his first career shutout.
A no-hitter would have been the second in team history. Dave Stieb held Cleveland hitless Sept. 2, 1990.
Loser Josh Fogg (3-6) surrendered five earned runs and seven hits in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts.