Noah Lowry still doesn’t know what it feels like to lose in the majors.
Lowry is 7-0 in 16 starts for the Giants, marking the second-longest career-opening winning streak by a starter in franchise history. Hooks Wiltse started 12-0 in 1904 for the New York Giants.
“I don’t remember my last loss,” Lowry said. “It will happen. Nobody is perfect.”
The 24-year-old left-hander won again at Colorado on Friday, yielding six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 13-6 victory. Lowry is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three career appearances, including two starts, against Arizona.
The Diamondbacks will counter with struggling right-hander Javier Vazquez.
Vazquez, who was acquired from New York in the deal that send Randy Johnson to the Yankees, allowed five runs and eight hits over eight innings in a 5-3 loss at Washington last Thursday.
“Every time I throw a bad pitch, it’s never a fly ball or a ground ball— it’s always a home run or a hard-hit ball,” Vazquez said. “I felt good, but it’s a loss. It’s frustrating.”
Opposing battlers are hitting .377 against Vazquez this season. He has surrendered at least five runs in all three of his starts.
Arizona is 1-4 as it makes its final stop on a seven-game road trip. The Diamondbacks were beaten 8-1 at Colorado on Tuesday.
Left fielder Luis Gonzalez received a day off for the first time this season. Gonzalez is batting just .200 (3-for-15) on the road trip.
“He wants to play every day, and I want him in there a lot, but we’ve got to keep these guys rested, too,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
San Francisco is trying to avoid a season-high third straight loss. The Giants managed only four runs as they were swept in a two-game series at San Diego.