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10/04/2010 5:38 PM ET
Tulowitzki, Lowe voted National League Player, Pitcher of the Month
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Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Atlanta Braves right-hander Derek Lowe have been voted Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for September.

In 28 games in September, Tulowitzki led the Majors with 15 home runs, 40 RBI, 30 runs scored and an .800 slugging percentage. The 25-year-old slugger's 32 hits were second in the National League (behind 42 for teammate Carlos Gonzalez), while his .322 (32-115) average ranked among N.L. leaders. His 15 homers set a Rockies franchise record for most home runs in a single month and he became only the second Major Leaguer since 1900 to hit 14 home runs in 15 games (9/3-18). "Tulo" delivered four multi-homer performances on the month and drove in three or more runs in a single game on six occasions, including a career-high seven RBI on September 15th vs. San Diego. After his torrid month, the first-time All-Star in 2010 finished the season ranked first among Major League shortstops in home runs (27), RBI (95), batting average (.315), slugging percentage (.568) and OPS (.949). The Long Beach State product becomes the first player to lead all N.L. shortstops in both slugging percentage and fielding percentage (.984) since Jay Bell accomplished the feat in 1993 with Pittsburgh. This is Troy's first career monthly award.

In five September starts, Lowe went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA, 29 strikeouts and only three walks over his 30.2 innings pitched, helping the Braves secure the National League Wild Card, their first postseason berth since 2005. The 37-year-old sinkerballer gave up two or fewer runs in each of his five starts and allowed only four earned runs during the entire month. On September 13th, Lowe tossed 8.0 innings of shutout ball while recording a season-high 12 strikeouts, including his 1,500th in the Majors, in a 4-0 win over Washington. In his next outing, Lowe scattered four hits over six innings to help the Braves defeat the Mets, 6-3, at Citi Field. After throwing 5.0 scoreless innings in a 5-0 win at Washington on September 25th, Lowe returned on short rest to face Florida on September 29th, giving up only one earned run and fanning nine in a 5-1 victory. The Michigan native finished the season with a 16-12 record and a 4.00 ERA with 136 strikeouts in his 193.2 innings pitched. Lowe, a postseason veteran, is currently slated to start Game 1 of Atlanta's NLDS matchup with the Giants at AT&T Park on Thursday. This is his first career monthly award.

Other players receiving votes were Gonzalez (.393, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB) and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.323, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 R, 10 2B). Pitchers who garnered support were San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (5-1, 1.94, 52 SO, 41.2 IP); Cubs teammates Carlos Marmol (0.00 ERA, 13 SV, 25 SO, 14.2 IP) and Carlos Zambrano (4-0, 0.78, 33 SO, 34.2 IP); and Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt (4-0, 1.12 ERA, 40.1 IP, 20 H, 37 SO).

Troy Tulowitzki and Derek Lowe will receive specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month performances.

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