Entering the contest with a 1-3 record and an astounding 10.33 ERA in six road starts, Lowe (5-3) looked like a different pitcher as he limited the Pirates to two runs - one earned - and five hits. The righthander walked three and struck out one.
"You guys (in the media) have been talking a lot about how I've pitched on the road," Lowe said. "I haven't given it that much thought. Just continue to go out and throw as well as I can."
"Derek was as close to last year as he has been all season long,"
manager Grady Little said. "Very aggressive, stayed mainly with the sinker. That was what the difference was in his performance tonight."
Damon provided some of the offense, delivering a two-run single in the seventh and an RBI double in the ninth. He finished 3-for-4 and scored twice.
added a solo homer for Boston, which stopped a five-game losing streak in the opener with an 11-4 victory.
Pirates starter Jeff D'Amico (4-6) was roughed up for five runs and seven hits in six innings.
It looked like Lowe might be in for another tough time on the road after
started the bottom of the first with a triple into the left-center field gap. But Lowe was able to work out of trouble.
walked but was erased when
grounded into an inning-ending double play. Ramirez did double in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.
"I think the key to the whole game was Lofton starting off the game with a triple and not crossing the plate," Little said. "That got Derek off on the right foot. We continue to swing the bats well."
Lowe had his sinker working the entire night, recording 17 of 21 outs via the ground ball.
Nixon, who hit a two-run blast in the ninth inning in the opener, got the
on the board with one out in the second when he deposited a fastball from D'Amico over the right-center field wall.
Lowe retired the side in order in the second and third and the
gave him another run to work with in the fourth.
The Pirates stranded two runners in the fourth but got on the board in the fifth on Lofton's infield hit. With Lofton on second and two outs, Lowe retired Wilson on a comebacker.
In the seventh, the
broke open the tight game by scoring four times.
Millar drew a leadoff walk and Nixon singled. Backup catcher
laced an RBI double into right field to chase D'Amico and bring on
"They're a typical American League team," D'Amico said. "Everybody can swing the bats. You can't lock in on any one player. They're strong throughout the lineup. They have no outs in there whatsoever. They're experienced hitters. They wait for you to make mistakes. The seventh inning, I gave up a leadoff walk, a hit, and then Mirabelli just drives a pitch. There's not much else you can do."
Damon greeted Beimel with a two-run single, extending the lead to 5-1. After Lowe sacrificed,
stroked an RBI single.
"I like pitching in the National League, getting to bat keeps your mind in the game," Lowe said. "You're not just sitting around waiting for something to happen. I enjoy playing this kind of baseball."
bounced into a double play in the bottom of the inning before the
scored twice in the ninth. Damon plated a run with a double and
extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a run-scoring base hit.
Reboulet capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.