BOSTON -- Jed Lowrie is forcing his way into the lineup.
Despite sporadic playing time early this season, Lowrie has gone 7-for-16 (.438), including a pair of doubles in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. One of Lowrie’s doubles, in the sixth, accounted for his first RBI of the year.
Unfortunately for Lowrie and the Sox, he was unable to deliver a run in the eighth with runners at first and second and two outs. He got good wood on a hanging splitter from Joel Peralta, but just got under it, flying out to center.
Lowrie started at third base Tuesday night, replacing Kevin Youkilis, who served as the designated hitter. Don’t be surprised to see the versatile switch-hitting Lowrie start to get more playing time, likely at shortstop with Marco Scutaro batting .172.
“He’s really swinging it,” manager Terry Francona said. “He’s having professional at-bats, which is what we saw last year. When he’s swinging like that, you look for ways to get him in there.”
“I’m really happy with the way I’m working right now with my approach [at the plate],” Lowrie said. "I’ve always believed if I have that approach the results will be there.”
ODDS AND ENDS: The Red Sox failed to get more than two runs and five hits in a game for the fourth time in 11 games this year ... Jon Lester has a 1.93 ERA over his last two starts, totaling 14 innings, but is 0-1 in those starts ... Darnell McDonald got his first hit of the year with a homer off David Price in the third. McDonald's first hit last year also was a homer, on April 20 against Texas ... Kevin Youkilis started as the Sox DH for the first time in his career. He was hit with a pitch for the 69th time in his career, only two shy of Mo Vaughn’s all-time Red Sox mark.