Lowell entered Friday’s game with a dismal .180 batting average and was in the midst of a 2-for-28 slump. However, he went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the Marlins’ 7-6 win.
“I saw the ball well tonight, I think I had consistent at-bats,” Lowell said. “It’s baby steps, you know. I just want to have one good at-bat, and then try to have the next one.”
Lowell, who hit .293 last season with 27 homers, has just two homers this year. He was benched for consecutive games on Sunday and Monday and left Wednesday’s game at Los Angeles after being hit in the face by a foul ball.
However, Lowell hit a two-run single in the first and an RBI double in the fifth and made a diving catch of Nick Green’s line drive in the sixth inning of Friday’s win.
“This road trip, we’ve been in every game we’ve played—we just don’t seem to find the formula to win them,” said manager Lou Piniella, whose team is 2-6 on a 10-game trip. “Our starting pitching, we’ve got to get better with it.”