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.