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Owings, D-Backs shut out Giants, maintain division lead

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks needed a lift after a devastating loss.

It came from an unlikely source.

After struggling in his last two outings, rookie Micah Owings threw a two-hit shutout, just his second complete game, to lead Arizona to a 5-0 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night.

The victory came one day after the Diamondbacks blew a late lead against the Giants and it kept them one game in front of San Diego in the NL West. The Padres beat the Pirates 5-3 on Tuesday.

"Obviously, last night was a tough one for us, but being able to bounce back has been our deal all year," said Owings, who threw 101 pitches, 69 for strikes. "That's what I love about this team."

Chris Snyder had a two-run single and Mark Reynolds hit his 15th home run for Arizona.

There was no emotional hangover from an 8-5 loss to the Giants on Monday night, when Arizona's normally reliable bullpen gave up a two-run lead in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks quickly put that game behind them with a four-run first inning against San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez (1-5).

Sanchez left after one inning with an oblique injury that likely will end his season.

"It's huge for us," Arizona's Conor Jackson said. "Every game is a big game for us from here on out. It doesn't matter who we're playing."

Owings (7-8) had not lasted beyond the fourth inning in either of his last two starts, fueling speculation that he was about to be dropped from the rotation.

But Owings made a case for himself against a Giants lineup without Barry Bonds, who was sidelined for a third straight day by a toe injury. Owings didn't allow a hit until Dave Roberts led off the fourth with a single.

Owings allowed three baserunners -- a walk and a single to Roberts and a double by Pedro Feliz in the fifth.

"Pretty remarkable based on the struggles the two times before that," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "He's a tough kid. He just got rolling.

"You could see his confidence come back around the third or fourth inning," Melvin said. "He realized, 'I know what I'm doing again."'

A .288 hitter, Owings doubled in the second, his ninth extra-base hit of the season.

While Owings breezed, Sanchez (1-5) retired only one of the eight men he faced.

Sanchez said he had thrown strikes in the bullpen before the game but lacked velocity, a result of pain in his left oblique.

"In the 'pen I was hitting my spots, but I wasn't throwing hard there," Sanchez said. "Then I got on the mound and it started popping when I started throwing hard. That's when it started hurting."

Manager Bruce Bochy said it was "doubtful" Sanchez would pitch again this season.

Eric Byrnes led off the game with a bunt single and was caught stealing.

After Chris Young's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded made it 1-0, Snyder hit a broken-bat single to left field to score two more runs.

Sanchez then walked .208-hitting Alberto Callaspo to bring up Augie Ojeda, who singled home Snyder for a 4-0 lead. Callaspo was thrown out trying to take third for the final out.

"They got a four-spot in the first inning," Bochy said. "That's always helpful for a starter."

Bochy lifted Sanchez after the 36-pitch inning, replacing him with Scott Munter.

Sanchez allowed four runs and five hits, walking two. In his last two starts, both against Arizona, Sanchez allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Notes

  • It was Arizona's 11th shutout, second in the NL behind San Diego, which has 20.
  • San Francisco C Bengie Molina threw out Byrnes trying to steal second in the first, ending Byrnes' streak of 30 straight steals, the longest in the majors.
  • San Francisco RHP Dan Giese gave up Reynolds' homer. It was the third home run allowed by Giese in a span of seven batters in his last three outings.
 
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Rookie Micah Owings tosses a two-hit shutout, and it's just in time for the contending D-Backs.  (AP)
Rookie Micah Owings tosses a two-hit shutout, and it's just in time for the contending D-Backs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Owings
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, CF2010110 .263
    Dan Giese, P0000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   a- Ray Durham, PH1000010 .215
Rich Aurilia, SS3000002 .247
Randy Winn, LF-CF3000002 .291
Bengie Molina, C3000000 .283
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000000 .301
Pedro Feliz, 3B3010000 .250
Daniel Ortmeier, 1B3000021 .261
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3000000 .241
Jonathan Sanchez, P0000000 .167
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott McClain, PH1000000 .000
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   c- Eugenio Velez, PH-LF2000000 .200
Totals2702014  
a-struck out for Taschner in the 9th
b-flied out for Munter in the 3rd
c-flied out for Atchison in the 6th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (27, Owings)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Randy Winn 2
PB - Bengie Molina (15)
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,1-5) 1544200 5.88
Scott Munter 1100000 3.86
Scott Atchison 3100020 4.78
Dan Giese 2311011 3.86
Jack Taschner 1000010 4.59
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 36-16, Scott Munter 12-8, Scott Atchison 32-22, Dan Giese 32-18, Jack Taschner 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Munter 1-2, Scott Atchison 3-3, Dan Giese 2-2, Jack Taschner 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 8, Scott Munter 4, Scott Atchison 9, Dan Giese 8, Jack Taschner 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF4010001 .290
Justin Upton, RF3100101 .225
    Jeff Salazar, RF0000000 .260
Conor Jackson, 1B4110001 .279
Mark Reynolds, 3B4221020 .271
Chris Young, CF3021000 .236
Chris Snyder, C3112010 .254
Alberto Callaspo, 2B2010110 .212
Augie Ojeda, SS3011001 .262
Micah Owings, P3010000 .291
Totals29510524  
Batting
2B - Chris Young 2 (29, Atchison, Giese), Alberto Callaspo (8, Giese), Micah Owings (4, Munter)
HR - Mark Reynolds (15, Giese)
SF - Chris Young (5)
RBI - Mark Reynolds (55), Chris Young (64), Chris Snyder 2 (42), Augie Ojeda (9)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Snyder 2 (13), Augie Ojeda (2)
CS - Eric Byrnes (7, 2nd base by Sanchez/Molina), Chris Young (5, 3rd base by Giese/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Ojeda-Jackson, Callaspo-Ojeda-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (W,7-8) 9200140 4.49
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 101-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 9-12
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 28
Game Information
Attendance - 44220
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Angel Hernandez