BOSTON (Ticker) -- When
has his stuff, he's unhittable. Just ask the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Lowe barely needed his outfielders over eight superb innings as the
Boston Red Sox
rebounded from a pair of losses to defeat the
A sinkerball specialist, Lowe (16-6) allowed two runs and only four hits while walking two and striking out six en route to his fifth straight win. He is 7-2 lifetime against the
, throwing a no-hitter vs. them last season.
said. "When he's got that sinker going, he's as good as it gets. You just have to tip your hat to him and give him credit."
Of the 24 outs Lowe recorded, 17 came on the ground and only one in the air - a flyout to end the top of the sixth inning. He had a no-hitter until
's two-out single in the fifth - the first ball to reach the outfield against Lowe.
"He's amazing, man. This guy is amazing," said
, who had 12 putouts and two assists with Lowe in the game. "When he goes out there and has his stuff, he's unbelievable."
In his last seven starts, Lowe is 5-0 with a 2.58 ERA as he continues to round into his 2002 form. But none of the starts were as good as this one.
"I was just trying to keep my momentum going from the previous six starts," said Lowe, who was third in voting for the 2002 American League Cy Young Award.
each homered behind Lowe as the
moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the
for the AL wild card. They had dropped their previous two games to the
Chicago White Sox
"Losing two games in a row, there's a little extra pressure just to go there and pitch a game," Lowe said. "This was just a good team win."
(5-11) yielded five runs in 5 1/3 innings for the last-place
, who fell to 1-4 on an eight-game road trip. They play six of their last 13 games against the playoff-hopeful
"The way I look at it is, the teams we're playing right now could be in the playoffs," Huff said. "I like to go out there and compete my best, because I'm going to be sitting at home in October watching these guys play."
built a 4-0 lead through five innings as Ortiz hit a solo homer in the second and smacked a ground-rule double in the fourth.
knocked home a run with a groundout in the fourth and Millar singled home another in the fifth.
Tampa Bay finally got on the board in the sixth, when Huff golfed a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for his 31st homer, making it 4-2. He grounded out in his other three at-bats against Lowe.
"I don't care where you're pitching," Huff said. "If you're pitching at Fenway Park or in Little League, you need to keep the ball down. When he does that, it's very hard to hit him."
Boston added single runs in the sixth and seventh on an RBI single by
and solo homer by Ramirez, who went 3-for-5 to increase his batting average to .326, five points behind teammate
for the league lead.
"Manny's home run - that was far,"
said of Ramirez. "He's impressive. That guy's just amazing."
Kapler added an RBI single in the eighth, when Damon capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Lowe rebounded from his only shaky inning, allowing a leadoff walk before inducing three groundouts to end the seventh. He yielded a leadoff infield hit in the eighth but recorded a pair of groundouts and a strikeout.
"My strength is always going to be low and away to either hitter," he said. "We threw enough balls in to set up the sinker away. When you're a sinkerball guy, you get in a rhythm and you like your chances out there."
"He was fantastic tonight," Lugo said. "He had his sinker working. If he hadn't, then you're not going to swing. But he was good."