Red Sox: Rick Porcello’s 20th victory rekindles memories
By Tracy Katzke
Lowe was a two-time all-star who finished third in the AL Cy Young Award balloting in 2002. In that 2002 campaign, Lowe finished with 21 victories against only eight defeats and posted an ERA of 2.58.
For his career, Lowe won 176 contests, suffered 157 defeats, and posted a 4.03 ERA.
In 2000, Lowe compiled 42 saves for the Red Sox. In 2002, he won twenty-one games, making him the only Red Sox pitcher in history to record a twenty-win season and a 40-save season for the Red Sox.
In 2004, Derek Lowe was a member of the World Champion Boston Red Sox, his only championship in the Majors. Nonetheless, Lowe played a significant role in the 2004 postseason, as he was the winner in the three postseason series-clinching contests. He was credited with the win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Anaheim Angels, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, and in Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
On April 27, 2002, Lowe threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays.
2004 would be Lowe’s final season with the Red Sox, as he pursued free agency and inked a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After four seasons with the Dodgers, Lowe spent time with the Braves, Indians, Yankees, and Rangers, before being released by the Rangers and entering retirement in 2013.
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