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Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3

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PHOENIX -- Micah Owings has made headlines with his bat.

He can pitch, too.

Owings threw six shutout innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday night, extending their domination of the defending NL champions.

"He's becoming a more complete pitcher, spinning the ball pretty aggressively," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We were able to extend some counts and work his pitch count up, but he was out there battling."

The only downside for Owings: he went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average 47 points, to .370. He was called out on a grounder to third base despite appearing to beat the throw in the sixth.

"No comment," Owings said.

Brandon Lyon earned his 10th consecutive save and Orlando Hudson hit a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of eight games against Colorado this season after being swept by the Rockies in the NL Championship Series last fall.

The Diamondbacks improved to a major league-best 25-15 -- including 19-5 against the feeble NL West -- and dropped the Rockies 10 games back in the division race.

"We've got to see them about a hundred more times, so it's going to come down to the wire," Hudson said.

Bad news for the Rockies: they'll face 8-0 Brandon Webb as they try to avoid a three-game sweep on Thursday night.

"This season is a long season, and that's one thing to put in perspective and realize you can't play three months of baseball in one at-bat, one pitch or one play," Colorado right fielder Brad Hawpe said. "You're going to have times when things are going easy and you're going to have times when they are tough. So with that being said, things are going tough."

Hawpe had a chance to tie the game in the ninth after Lyon gave up two-out singles to Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins. But Lyon retired Hawpe on a pop to third base to earn his 11th save in 13 chances.

Lyon had blown a save April 6 in a 5-2 victory at Colorado, and that might have been going through the Diamondbacks' minds as the Rockies mounted their late rally.

"It was a no-doubter," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said with a smile. "It was in the bag. Felt good about it. Helton, and (Matt) Holliday, and Hawpe and those guys, they've never hurt us before. Lyon made big pitches, though."

Arizona's latest victory came while Owings (5-1) limited the Rockies to five hits in six innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Melvin lifted him after 100 pitches.

"He was spent," Melvin said. "He was losing his command a little bit there right at the end with 100 pitches. But typical Micah -- he has to make a pitch, he does."

Owings had a 4-0 lead when he left but had to sweat out the victory when the normally reliable Arizona bullpen faltered.

The Rockies broke through in the seventh against Chad Qualls, cutting the deficit to 4-1 on a single by Ryan Spilborghs.

Colorado pulled to within 4-3 in the eighth on a two-run pinch single by Scott Podsednik off Tony Pena. One of the runs was charged to Doug Slaten, who gave up a leadoff single to Helton to start the rally.

Owings won his first four starts but had gone winless in his past three, allowing 14 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings.

It looked as if the Rockies would extend Owings' slump on an 84-degree evening in the desert. He walked leadoff man Spilborghs, gave up a double to Matt Holliday and walked Helton to load the bases with one out.

"Early on, I definitely didn't feel good," Owings said. "I wasn't really in sync. I just tried to fight through it."

But Owings struck out Atkins and retired Hawpe on a grounder to second to end the threat.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-2), a former Diamondbacks farmhand, allowed one hit over the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Singles by Stephen Drew, Hudson and Conor Jackson gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.

The Rockies walked Justin Upton intentionally to load the bases for slumping Eric Byrnes, who bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to make it 2-0.

The Diamondbacks made it 4-0 on Hudson's two-run double in the fifth -- an inning that ended with Byrnes grounding to short to leave the bases loaded. Byrnes went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .214.

Notes

Arizona LHP Randy Johnson iced his pitching hand on Wednesday, one day after trying to catch a bouncer barehanded. He said he expects to make his scheduled start Sunday. "It's the smart pitchers that pull their hand back," Johnson said. "It's the dumb ones that leave it out there." ... ... Atkins has hit in 12 consecutive games. ... De La Rosa was signed by the Diamondbacks on March 20, 1998, 11 days before their first game. ... Colorado RHP Aaron Cook will go after his seventh consecutive victory in the series finale Thursday night. Cook (6-1) has a 1.90 ERA during his six-game winning streak, which includes a victory against Arizona on April 13.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Arizona

O. Hudson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4021122 .323
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
Omar Quintanilla, SS5000023 .263
Matt Holliday, LF5020011 .320
Todd Helton, 1B4130101 .284
    Clint Barmes, PR0000000 .337
Garrett Atkins, 3B5020014 .337
Brad Hawpe, RF5110005 .250
Chris Iannetta, C4000004 .306
Jon Herrera, 2B3110000 .333
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-2B0000000 .209
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000020 .000
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
   b- Willy Taveras, PH1000011 .232
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   c- Scott Podsednik, PH-CF1012000 .265
Totals39312329  
a-hit by pitch for Herrera in the 8th
b-struck out for Arias in the 7th
c-singled for Herges in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (11, Owings)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (14), Scott Podsednik 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik 2 (4)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Herrera-Helton, Quintanilla-Herrera-Helton
E - Brad Hawpe (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,1-2) 4.2744360 9.42
Alberto Arias 1.1000120 0.00
Matt Herges 1000020 1.93
Taylor Buchholz 1000010 1.66
IBB - Upton by Jorge De La Rosa
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 88-52, Alberto Arias 15-10, Matt Herges 14-12, Taylor Buchholz 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 3-3, Alberto Arias 2-0, Matt Herges 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 22, Alberto Arias 5, Matt Herges 3, Taylor Buchholz 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4110021 .250
Stephen Drew, SS4120022 .276
Orlando Hudson, 2B4122001 .288
Conor Jackson, 1B3011100 .331
Justin Upton, RF2000220 .326
Eric Byrnes, LF4000013 .214
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Mark Reynolds, 3B2000121 .227
Chris Snyder, C3110011 .278
Micah Owings, P3000012 .370
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Salazar, LF0000000 .316
Totals29473411  
Batting
2B - Chris Young (10, De La Rosa), Orlando Hudson (8, De La Rosa)
RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (21), Conor Jackson (32)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (13)
Team LOB - 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (W,5-1) 6500250 3.81
Chad Qualls 1211030 2.91
Doug Slaten0111000 2.84
Tony Pena (H,10) 1211010 4.74
Brandon Lyon (S,11) 1200000 2.00
HBP - Baker (by Tony Pena)
WP - Micah Owings (3), Chad Qualls (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 100-65, Chad Qualls 21-13, Doug Slaten 5-3, Tony Pena 24-14, Brandon Lyon 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 4-9, Brandon Lyon 2-1
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 25, Chad Qualls 5, Doug Slaten 1, Tony Pena 6, Brandon Lyon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23127
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson