Derek Lowe had already impressed most baseball fans this year with his 5-1 record and brilliant performance in the early going. Then he really impressed on Tuesday afternoon in Minnesota. Lowe threw a complete game shutout against the Twins. Gave up 6 hits, walked 4 and struck out zero. He was supported by some early Tribe offense as Casey Kotchman singled in the games first run in the 2nd inning. The Indians roughed up Minnesota starter Jason Marquis in the 5th inning as Shin-Soo Choo came up big in the leadoff spot again with a homer. Two batters later Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana went back-to-back to make it 5-0, Tribe. Lowe struggled with control at times but was aided by 4 double plays. It took 127 pitches for Lowe to throw his 4th career shutout and first complete game since 2007 for the veteran righty. The sinkerballer had 22 groundball outs. The win improves the Indians record to 20-16 and guarantees the the Tribe will be at least 2 games in first place at the end of the night (Tigers and White Sox are playing each other). Next game is tomorrow back at Progressive Field at 7:05 against the Seattle Mariners of Eric Wedge. Felix Hernandez vs. Ubaldo Jimenez.
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