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Owings coming out of pen to make third start

Right-hander Micah Owings will return to the Diamondbacks starting rotation to face Colorado on Sunday, filling the fifth spot vacated when Barry Enright was returned to Class AAA Reno after giving up six runs and four home runs to Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Owings, 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA this season, was effective in his two starts in late May, when he was purchased from Reno to fill in for Armando Galarraga until Zach Duke was able to return from the disabled list. Owings was 1-0 with a 3.48 in starts against Milwaukee and Colorado, limiting the Rockies to one run and four hits in a 6-3 victory at Coors Field on May 26. Duke was the other in-house candidate for Sunday's start.

"We think he's the best guy for the game, based upon what he has done, who we are playing and the way our bullpen our bullpen works out, et cetera," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Owings is 3-0 with a 1.12 ERA in three career regular season starts against Colorado, giving up 11 hits in 17 2/3 innings.

Owings, who won 14 games for the D-backs from 2007-08 and was traded to Cincinnati in the Adam Dunn trade deadline deal in 2008, has not gone longer than 2 1/3 innings in his 16 relief appearances this season. He went two scoreless innings in his last outing July 19, entering with the bases loaded and getting out unscathed by inducing a home-to-first double play and getting routine groundout.

The schedule works in the D-backs favor, inasmuch as they have an off day Monday before starting a 10-game road trip in San Diego on Tuesday.

"He hasn't been lengthened out in awhile. We'll go as far as we can go with him," Gibson said. "If we have to, we'll empty it out down there" in the bullpen."

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