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SAN FRANCISCO -- Micah Owings can forget about a frustrating spring thanks to his impressive results so far -- and a Diamondbacks offense that is producing in every way.
Owings stayed unbeaten, Chris Young and Conor Jackson each homered and Arizona beat the San Francisco Giants 8-2 on Tuesday to become the first 10-win team in the majors.
Owings (3-0) struck out six in six innings and didn't give up a hit until Eugenio Velez singled leading off the fourth. The right-hander won his fifth straight start dating to last September and didn't allow a baserunner past first until Fred Lewis went from first to third on Velez's sixth-inning double. Aaron Rowand followed with an RBI groundout.
Owings gave up one run and three hits with two walks. He made a slight tweak to his changeup that is allowing him to throw the pitch more regularly.
"I feel a lot better with it this year," said Owings, who was 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA last season. "I've been able to use it more and more, lefties and righties. I have a lot of confidence in it."
Jackson homered for the second consecutive day and had three RBI for the Diamondbacks (10-4), who bounced back from a loss in Monday's series opener. They also spoiled San Francisco's celebration 50 years after major league baseball moved to the West Coast when the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers relocated from New York.
Jackson hit a solo homer leading off the second, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and doubled in a run in the ninth to follow his three-RBI game from Monday with another impressive performance.
Young hit his third career home run in his first eight at-bats off Kevin Correia (1-2), who allowed five runs and five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three.
"He's such a good mistake hitter. Every time I make a mistake to him, he hits it," Correia said. "There are a lot of guys I can get away with those mistakes. Not him."
Eric Byrnes drove in a run with a bases-loaded bloop single to center in the fifth that Rowand almost got under. Orlando Hudson singled home a run in the seventh and Stephen Drew added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly.
"There's really not a weak link in the lineup, especially today with Micah pitching," Young said. "It's going to be a battle for any team to get through us easy. We're going to go up there and work hard every at-bat, so that when some guys are struggling you're going to have other guys to pick you up."
Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin certainly likes the balance throughout his batting order.
"Sometimes it's the top. Sometimes it's the bottom. Sometimes it's the middle," the skipper said. "When we're swinging the bat well, there's no breather in our lineup."
John Bowker, who became the first Giants player to homer in his first two games last weekend, hit his first career triple leading off the seventh against Tony Pena and singled in the ninth. Jose Castillo drove Bowker home.
The Diamondbacks' Young, Byrnes, Hudson and Justin Upton all wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Ray Durham sported the number for San Francisco as baseball celebrated Robinson breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947.
Tuesday also marked the 50th anniversary of the first game played by the Giants at Seals Stadium, where they faced the Dodgers on April 15, 1958. San Francisco formally recognized the club's move West with a pregame ceremony. There also was an earlier celebration held at the exact location where Seals Stadium used to stand, and a commemorative plaque was laid in the ground.
The first pitch was thrown at the exact same time of that 1958 game, too: 1:34 p.m.
Melvin held third baseman Mark Reynolds out of the lineup as a precaution after he had a scary fall over the railing of a photo well Monday night.
"He's a little banged up," Melvin said. "He could play. His back's a little bit sore and his shin is sore. He'll be back in there tomorrow. That was scary. We were lucky."
|Players of the Game|
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|Chris Young, CF||4||2||2||2||1||1||0||.228|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.305|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||3||5||.273|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||4||1||2||3||1||0||1||.333|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||5||.370|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.277|
|Chris Burke, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||2||0||.154|
|Chris Snyder, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.200|
|Micah Owings, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alex Romero, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Qualls in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Young (4, Threets), Eric Byrnes (6, Hennessey), Conor Jackson (2, Threets), Chris Snyder (4, Correia)|
|3B - Justin Upton (1, Hennessey)|
|HR - Chris Young (5, Correia), Conor Jackson (2, Correia)|
|SF - Stephen Drew (2)|
|RBI - Chris Young 2 (9), Eric Byrnes (8), Orlando Hudson (10), Conor Jackson 3 (13), Stephen Drew (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (5), Conor Jackson 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Micah Owings (W,3-0)||6||3||1||1||2||6||0||2.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 96-64, Tony Pena 20-15, Chad Qualls 15-10, Brandon Lyon 25-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 4-7, Tony Pena 2-0, Chad Qualls 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Micah Owings 22, Tony Pena 5, Chad Qualls 3, Brandon Lyon 6|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Eugenio Velez, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Brad Hennessey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Rajai Davis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.067|
|Erick Threets, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||0||1||0||3||0||.270|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.283|
|John Bowker, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.600|
|Jose Castillo, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||2||3||.255|
|Daniel Ortmeier, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||1||1||.227|
|Brian Bocock, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.174|
|b- Randy Winn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.255|
|Kevin Correia, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|c- Ray Durham, PH-2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.194|
|a-grounded out for Hennessey in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Bocock in the 9th|
|c-fouled out for Correia in the 6th|
|2B - Eugenio Velez (2, Owings)|
|3B - John Bowker (1, Pena)|
|RBI - Aaron Rowand (4), Jose Castillo (3)|
|CS - Eugenio Velez (2, 2nd base by Owings/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Kevin Correia (L,1-2)||6||5||5||5||3||6||2||4.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 83-54, Brad Hennessey 39-27, Erick Threets 24-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 5-7, Brad Hennessey 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 26, Brad Hennessey 9, Erick Threets 6|
|Attendance - 30068|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Rick Reed|