San Francisco (60-73) at Arizona (61-75)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Sat Sep 3, 2005
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Noah Lowry will try to win his sixth straight start when he takes the mound for the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lowry went 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA in five August starts. He capped the month by allowing one run and five hits over eight innings in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

“He can really pitch,” San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. “This is a guy who two years ago bounced a lot of fastballs that fell short of the target. He has worked hard. … Today, he is right there striking out people, stopping rallies, fielding his position, getting base hits and challenging hitters.”

Lowry claims a simple game plan is part of the reason for his success.

“Just keeping the ball in the zone and elevating when I want to,” Lowry said. “Work both sides of the plate, keeping guys off-balance. I’m just happy to be on the run I am and helping the team win games. I’ve had five starts this month that I’ve felt confident in my stuff and able to throw four pitches for strikes.”

The 24-year-old left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.02 ERA in three starts against Arizona this season.

San Francisco moved into third place in the NL West with a 6-3 victory on Friday. The Giants climbed a half-game ahead of the Diamondbacks and moved within 6 1/2 of first-place San Diego.

Ray Durham homered and drove in four runs for the Giants, who will be trying for their first four-game winning streak since June 28-July 1.

Arizona has dropped three straight and eight of 11. The Diamondbacks managed only four hits during Friday’s loss and fell to 29-38 at Bank One Ballpark, the second-worst home mark in the NL.

Third baseman Troy Glaus had an RBI double in the second inning to continue his recent surge. Glaus is batting .375 (6-for-16) with eight RBIs over his last five games.

Starting Pitchers

N. Lowry SF vs. C. Vargas Tor
13-13 Record 9-9
3.78 ERA 5.24
172 K 95
76 BB 47
1.31 WHIP 1.46