If Derek Lowe was pitching hurt Sunday, he wasn’t going to say so or use it as an excuse after his poor performance against the Marlins.
After lasting a season-low three innings and gave up six hits, five runs and three walks, Lowe said that he had a hard time gripping the ball properly, but wouldn’t elaborate when asked about a possible reason.
The veteran right-hander shook his hand to his side at least twice between pitches, as if trying to loosen it. Afterward, he seemed uncomfortable when a reporter asked whether he had soreness or tightness.
“I don’t know,” said Lowe, who has always taken a lot of pride in being durable and making every start. “I’m not good at this [discussing health issues]. I don’t know what to say.”
Asked again what was wrong Sunday, if there was a physical reason for his problems, he said, “Nothing. I just didn’t have good command. Bad pitching.”
Lowe left trailing 5-1, but the Braves rallied with six runs in the last two innings for a 7-6 win. Lowe got no decision and is 2-7 with a 4.24 ERA in his past 13 starts, including 10 Braves losses.
“He just couldn’t locate,” manager Bobby Cox said. “He walked the leadoff hitter to start the ballgame.”
Lowe walked Emilio Bonifacio to start the game, then allowed a Logan Morrison single before Hanley Ramirez’s three-run homer with none out. Ramirez later left with light-headedness.
The Braves have scored one or no runs while Lowe has been in seven of his past 13 games, but on Sunday it was all on him — he put the team in a hole early.
“Cristhian [Martinez] did an unbelievable job of keeping us in the game, and we found a way to win,” Lowe said of the reliever who held the Marlins to two hits and one run over four innings.
Lowe wouldn’t say whether there were any plans for him to be examined. Cox, asked about Lowe shaking his arm or hand to loosen it, said, “I don’t know. He shakes his hand a lot.”