Lowe will try to continue his recent resurgence when he takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Red Sox were in position to complete a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay on Wednesday, up 4-1 in the seventh inning. But catcher Toby Hall snapped an 0-for-18 skid with his first career grand slam to rally the Devil Rays to a 5-4 win.
“Those two are long gone and (Wednesday) was the important one,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “I’m sure what will sit with us is the loss. We had a chance to really have a great series instead of a good one.”
Bill Mueller had a homer and two RBIs for Boston, which was looking for its first road sweep since taking three games at Yankee Stadium from April 23-25.
The Red Sox are 43-42 since starting the season 15-6, and trail wild-card leader Oakland by 1 1/2 games.
Lowe has had a disappointing season, but has started to turn things around of late. The 31-year-old right-hander, who is 9-9 with a 5.52 ERA, has won three of his last four decisions. He allowed four runs and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings Saturday, but did not get a decision in Boston’s 5-4 loss to Minnesota.
Lowe has been victimized by poor defense all season as he’s allowed eight unearned runs in his last five outings and 23 for the season.
The Tigers have scored a total of nine runs during their four-game losing streak. Detroit was outscored 15-5 in a three-game sweep by Texas, which included Thursday’s 2-1 loss.
“We’re not clicking right now. And we have our work cut out for us,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “But we’ve said this before, and we’ve responded. We’ll show up.”