Derek Lowe has adapted well to his new surroundings.
Since signing as a free agent in the offseason, Lowe is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium, pitching six innings or more in six of those outings. He allowed three runs—one earned—and five hits over eight innings in a 5-3 win over Detroit on Monday.
Lowe bounced back following a rough outing against the Chicago Cubs on June 1 in which he allowed six runs and 13 hits over 5 2-3 innings and then cut his hand while throwing a stool in the dugout.
“The last game was a poor effort, not a competitive game, and this was a good bounce back,” Lowe said. “The last game to this game was completely different, as far as the quality of pitches.”
The 32-year-old righty has extensive experience against Minnesota from his days with Boston, going 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 18 career appearances, including four starts.
Lowe may get a break if Twins leading hitter Shannon Stewart cannot play. Stewart left the series opener on Friday in the fourth inning after crashing into the wall while running down a fly ball off the bat of Jason Grabowski.
Stewart, who suffered a bruised left wrist, is hitting .306 (11-for-36) in his career against Lowe.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had said he hoped to get outfielder Lew Ford some playing time, albeit not under these circumstances. Ford has just four at-bats over the last four games because the Twins cannot use the designated hitter in National League parks, but now it appears he’ll play.
“I sure would like to try to get Lew into a game while we’re in this stretch,” Gardenhire had said before Friday’s game. “I’m going to try and figure out a way. But our outfielders have been carrying the ballclub. It’s kind of tough to jerk them out of here, but Lew needs at-bats.”
Hee Seop Choi’s second home run of the game, a solo shot leading off the ninth inning, gave the Dodgers a 6-5 victory on Friday.
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne worked a perfect inning for his first win of the season. Gagne has a 2.92 ERA in 13 appearances this season.