Fan favorite Micah Owings returned to his rookie form in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies yesterday.
Only difference between his game then and last night? Owings didn't homer.
Fortunately he didn't have to.
The popular Diamondback received early run support in the form of a fourth inning three-run bomb from Miguel Montero. Owings threw five good innings before bowing out to the bullpen, which kept the game under control as the offense tacked on three more runs for the win.
Stephen Drew and Chris Young walked to lead off the fourth inning against Rockies reliever-turned-starter Clayton Mortensen. That's when Montero homered to put the Diamondbacks ahead.
Owings gave up his only run in the bottom of the inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Gonzalez, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Troy Tulowitzki singled him in during the next at-bat.
Owings gave up four hits in five innings with three strikeouts.
Melvin Mora singled Young in during the sixth inning. Kelly Johnson added two in the ninth when he homered with Xavier Nady on base.
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The closest the Diamondbacks game to trouble was in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Esmerling Vasquez nearly blew the game.
He walked Todd Helton to start the frame and allowed Ty Wigginto a single. Chris Ianetta struck out next but Vasquez walked Dexter Fowler to load the bases.
Rockies manager pinch-hit Jason Giambi, who hit a sacrifice fly plating Helton. Ryan Spilborghs singled in Wigginton.
Vasquez was able to get the next hitter, Jonathan Herrera, on a groundout, and the Rockies never threatened again.