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Rookie pitcher Owings slams two HRs, knocks in 6 as D-Backs roll on

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Micah Owings felt right at home on the mound, and when he came to the plate.

Owings went 4-for-5, including a pair of mammoth homers, drove in six runs and scored four times while pitching three-hit ball through seven innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Saturday night.

Owings lives in nearby Gainesville, Ga., and had more than 50 friends and relatives on hand for his first career start in Atlanta. He won for the first time in two months.

"It's up there with the best ever," Owings said. "To be back home and have the game I had tonight, I'm just unbelievably blessed."

It was the fourth straight win and 21st in 26 games for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who pounded out 15 hits in handing the Braves their third straight loss. All three hits against the 24-year-old Owings (6-6) were solo homers.

"It was a nice little homecoming for him," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We knew he could pitch, and we knew he could hit a little, too. Without him tonight, it's a different game."

Owings struck out seven and walked none to earn his first win since he beat Tampa Bay on June 20.

Jeff Francoeur homered twice, and Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones also went deep for the Braves.

"I kind of grew up playing against him and watching him. So I knew he could hit," Francoeur, an Atlanta native, said of Owings. "I've seen him hit balls before but not with a wood bat in a big league game. He kind of did everything tonight."

Owings was 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in his previous nine starts and one inning of relief. The rookie, who played two seasons at Georgia Tech, lifted his batting average to .273 with the four hits. He has three homers and 11 RBI.

"We knew he was a good hitter. Not just a good hitter, but a good hitter with power," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

He hit a two-run double in Arizona's four-run second inning, a solo 415-foot homer to left in the fourth, a two-run 446-foot drive to center in a three-run sixth and a broken-bat RBI single to center in a four-run seventh. He lined out in the eighth.

"He hit the ball 900 feet tonight," said Buddy Carlyle, who surrendered both homers. "It's kind of frustrating that it's the pitcher that did all that damage."

The record for RBI by a pitcher in one game is nine set by Tony Cloninger of Atlanta, who had two grand slams against San Francisco on July 3, 1966.

Owings' 11 total bases were the most for a pitcher since Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves had 12 when he homered three times on May 13, 1942, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Owings was the first pitcher with at least six RBIs in a game since Robert Person drove in seven for Philadelphia against Montreal on June 2, 2002.

Stephen Drew had a solo home run -- his ninth -- in the seventh. Arizona's Orlando Hudson went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs and Jeff Salazar went 2-for-5, drove in one run and scored three.

Carlyle (7-5) went five innings. He gave up 10 hits, eight runs -- five earned -- with two walks.

Owings, a third-round draft pick in 2005, hit his first home run this season against Florida on July 26.

He was a combined .382 (21-for-55) with a home run and 13 RBI with Triple-A Tucson and Double-A Tennessee last season. In 2002, his senior season in high school, Owings hit a single-season state record 25 home runs.

Notes

  • Owings is 4-0 in six starts against NL East teams.
  • The game was delayed 27 minutes by rain with Arizona coming to bat in the third inning.
  • Braves pitchers have given up nine homers in the last three games.
 
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Micah Owings couldn't have dreamed of a better homecoming, ripping 2 HRs and earning the win.  (AP)
Micah Owings couldn't have dreamed of a better homecoming, ripping 2 HRs and earning the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Owings
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 3
BB 0
K 7
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4100221 .238
Orlando Hudson, 2B5042001 .299
    Augie Ojeda, 2B1000000 .250
Eric Byrnes, LF4011102 .300
    Justin Upton, RF1000000 .245
Tony Clark, 1B5011027 .232
Mark Reynolds, 3B4100124 .280
Stephen Drew, SS4121013 .233
Chris Snyder, C4211101 .253
Jeff Salazar, RF-LF5320001 .323
Micah Owings, P5446000 .273
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
Totals4212151257  
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (23, Carlyle), Chris Snyder (13, Carlyle), Micah Owings (2, Carlyle)
HR - Stephen Drew (9, Villarreal), Micah Owings 2 (3, Carlyle, Carlyle)
SH - Stephen Drew (4)
RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (61), Eric Byrnes (70), Tony Clark (33), Stephen Drew (41), Chris Snyder (34), Micah Owings 6 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (28), Tony Clark (14)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ojeda-Drew-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (W,6-6) 7333073 4.70
Dustin Nippert 1100000 5.40
Jailen Peguero 1433001 8.38
HBP - Miller (by Micah Owings)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 75-55, Dustin Nippert 12-8, Jailen Peguero 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 7-7, Dustin Nippert 1-1, Jailen Peguero 1-2
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 25, Dustin Nippert 3, Jailen Peguero 7
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF-CF4000012 .316
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000021 .288
Chipper Jones, 3B3111000 .334
    Matt Diaz, LF1110000 .344
Mark Teixeira, 1B2000020 .288
   a- Scott Thorman, PH-1B2111000 .219
Jeff Francoeur, RF4223010 .306
Andruw Jones, CF3111000 .215
    Ron Mahay, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian McCann, PH1000000 .270
Yunel Escobar, SS2000000 .311
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .250
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   c- Martin Prado, PH-3B2010010 .270
Corky Miller, C3010001 .300
Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .143
    Chris Woodward, SS2000001 .207
Totals3368607  
a-grounded out for Teixeira in the 7th
b-popped out for Soriano in the 9th
c-struck out for Acosta in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz (15, Peguero), Scott Thorman (18, Peguero)
HR - Chipper Jones (20, Owings), Jeff Francoeur 2 (16, Owings, Peguero), Andruw Jones (22, Owings)
SH - Buddy Carlyle (5)
RBI - Chipper Jones (68), Scott Thorman (35), Jeff Francoeur 3 (79), Andruw Jones (77)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (24), Jeff Francoeur (33), Andruw Jones (28)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Carlyle-Johnson-Teixeira
E - Willie Harris (4, Throwing), Chipper Jones (8, Misplayed grounder), Mark Teixeira (3, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Buddy Carlyle (L,7-5) 51085242 4.66
Oscar Villarreal 1444101 4.15
Manny Acosta 1100220 0.00
Ron Mahay 1000000 2.42
Rafael Soriano 1000010 3.79
WP - Oscar Villarreal 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Buddy Carlyle 93-59, Oscar Villarreal 25-13, Manny Acosta 23-13, Ron Mahay 10-6, Rafael Soriano 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Buddy Carlyle 5-7, Oscar Villarreal 2-1, Manny Acosta 1-0, Ron Mahay 1-2, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Buddy Carlyle 28, Oscar Villarreal 8, Manny Acosta 6, Ron Mahay 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48643
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Laz Diaz