Lowe allowed a season high-tying seven runs and eight hits over a season-low 2 1-3 innings in a 9-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. The right-hander is 0-3 in his last four starts, giving up 23 runs—15 earned—in 18 2-3 innings.
“Too many balls right down the middle sums it up,” Lowe said.
Lowe, who allowed hits to the final seven batters he faced Thursday, has allowed seven runs in three of his eight starts this season.
“Any time you struggle, whether you’re a pitcher or a hitter, you start fighting yourself,” Lowe said. “The frustrating part is you know what to do, but it comes time to execute it and something breaks down.”
Lowe has allowed 37 runs—27 earned—and 57 hits in 40 1-3 innings this season.
“The harder you try to grind through it the more you feel lost,” catcher Jason Varitek said. “I know he’s going to get through. We can’t quit on him. He just needs a couple of good things to happen to him.”
Manager Terry Francona also expressed confidence in Lowe.
“The best word I can say is searching,” he said. “He’s a little frustrated. It will get better.”
The Red Sox pounded Tim Hudson and the Athletics 12-2 on Tuesday for their fourth straight victory and eighth in 10 games.
The Red Sox learned Tuesday that third baseman Bill Mueller will need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss six weeks. Mueller, last season’s AL batting champion, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to May 20.
Erubiel Durazo went 2-for-4 with a double for the A’s, who had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped.