Derek Lowe knows he needs to be almost perfect to get the job done.
“I’m not an overpowering pitcher, and if you leave the ball out over the plate and make mistakes, they’ll make you pay for it,” the veteran right-hander said.
Signed as a free agent this past offseason after helping Boston to its first World Series title since 1918, Lowe has lived up to expectations in the early going, posting a staff-leading 2.04 ERA.
Lowe had yielded two runs or fewer in each of his first four outings before giving up season highs of four runs and 10 hits over seven innings in Monday’s 4-2 defeat to Arizona—his first loss since a 4-2 setback at San Francisco on opening day.
“The biggest thing tonight was poor location,” said Lowe, who walked one and struck out a season-high seven.
The Dodgers had lost six of seven before taking the first two games from the Rockies, who have dropped four straight.
Rookie Brad Hawpe had three hits, including a homer, and both RBIs for the Rockies, who concluded the worst April in the franchise’s 13-year history, and have won only two of their last 20 regular-season road games.
The Rockies are 1-9 on the road this year.