Detroit (60-67) at Boston (73-53)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 27, 2004
  • TV: FSD, NESN
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Derek Lowe’s resurgence as a reliable starter has played a large role in the Boston Red Sox getting back in the race for the AL East crown.

The veteran right-hander will try to win his third straight decision when surging Boston resumes its four-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Lowe, who won a combined 37 games from 2002-03, got off to a rough start this season, going 7-9 with a 5.67 ERA through July 15. However, he has since regained the form that made him one of the more consistent pitchers in the AL over the last few years, winning four of five decisions over his last seven starts.

On Saturday, Lowe yielded five runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings, but did not receive a decision in the Red Sox’s 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox — Boston’s third straight victory with Lowe on the mound.

Lowe has yielded three earned runs or fewer four times in his last seven outings, with his only defeat during that stretch coming in a 4-3 setback at Detroit on Aug. 6. He yielded four runs and nine hits over seven innings that day, but is still 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 26 career appearances, including seven starts, against Detroit.

The Red Sox have won nine of 10, including a 4-1 victory on Thursday in the series opener, to pull within 5 1/2 games of the East-leading New York Yankees. Boston had been 10 1/2 out on Aug. 15.

The Tigers, who have lost three straight on the road and three of their last five overall, will give the ball to left-hander Mike Maroth on Friday. Maroth has never beaten the Red Sox, going 0-4 with a 7.16 ERA in five starts. He did not receive the decision in Detroit’s Aug. 6 win over Boston after allowing three runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings.

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M. Maroth Min vs. D. Lowe Tex
11-13 Record 14-12
4.31 ERA 5.42
108 K 105
59 BB 71
1.40 WHIP 1.61