Derek Lowe is first to admit it—he’s a changed man.
The veteran right-hander started the season 6-8 but has gone 8-2 since allowing a season-high eight earned runs in a 10-4 loss to Atlanta on July 4 that raised his ERA to 6.02.
“Nobody remembers what you do earlier in the year, and that was one of the biggest things that got me through,” he said. “If you could put together a good two months, it kind of erases the previous four, and so far, it’s worked out.”
The Red Sox are certainly pleased with Lowe’s turnaround.
“If we were going to be as good as we wanted to be, he had to be a big part of it,” manager Terry Francona said. “And he has been.”
Lowe allowed just one run and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over Oakland. The 31-year-old right-hander has not lost since a 4-3 defeat at Detroit on Aug. 6.
The Red Sox pounded the Mariners 9-0 on Saturday for their sixth win in seven games and 22nd in 25. Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 41st homer, and Mark Bellhorn also went deep for Boston, which remained 2 1/2 games behind first-place New York in the AL East.
The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Saturday.
Hiram Bocachica had a pinch-hit double for the Mariners, who have lost eight of nine following a five-game winning streak.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 for the second straight game and remains 28 hits shy of George Sisler’s 1920 record of 257 with 21 games remaining.