Dustin McGowan has conquered a few obstacles in his career.

Eight trips to the disabled list.

Three surgeries.

Countless trips to the doctor. Magazines he read in 2011 had reflective stories on the same people and subjects he read about in 2004 waiting for his appointments.

He was rehabbing at the Bobby Mattick Training Facility in Dunedin more often than he was inside the Blue Jays dugout.

And even when healthy, his biggest hurdle has always been the Baltimore Orioles.

McGowan took his 6.99 career ERA in 12 games against the Orioles and his current 13.50 ERA to the Camden Yards mound to face the O’s on Friday night.

At Vegas, it would be a reverse lock.

All McGowan did was lock down the Orioles hitters — fresh from two wins at Yankee Stadium — before Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos took over for a 2-0 win before 22,327 fans, the Jays’ third shutout in 11 games.

“That’s why he’s been around so long, that’s why they kept giving him so chances, because of what he did tonight,” said Adam Lind.

McGowan pitched 6.1 scoreless for the first-place Blue Jays, his first win since June 22, 2008, when he pitched five innings in an 8-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.