Arizona (7-7) at San Francisco (6-7)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Wed Apr 20, 2005
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Noah Lowry still doesn’t know what it feels like to lose in the majors.

He hopes to continue the brilliant start to his career for the San Francisco Giants when they open a two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Vazquez Mia vs. N. Lowry SF
11-15 Record 13-13
4.42 ERA 3.78
192 K 172
46 BB 76
1.25 WHIP 1.31