Lowe shines for Braves

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday March 26, 2009

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe to be there ace, and he's pitching like one.

Lowe struck out seven in six sharp innings for the Braves, but the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 7-5 victory Thursday. The Braves gave Lowe a four-year $60 million free-agent contract to lead the Braves' revamped rotation. He gave up a run and five hits without walking a batter, lowering his spring ERA to 3.27. He has 24 strikeouts in 22 innings.

Braves rookie Jordan Shafer, competing for the job in center field, had a triple and single to raise his average to .383.

Rookie Brad Mills, in the running for a spot in Toronto's rotation, allowed 10 hits and four runs in six innings, striking out three and walking one.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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