Arizona (70-53) at Atlanta (64-58)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 18, 2007
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Brandon Webb may be the biggest story going for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but teammate Chris Young is on quite a run as well.

Young looks to build on an already impressive road trip when the NL West-leading Diamondbacks continue their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Turner Field.

Webb threw his third straight shutout in Friday’s series-opening, 4-0 win, extending his scoreless streak to 42 straight innings - the 12th longest in baseball history. The Braves (64-58) managed only two hits as the Diamondbacks (70-53) won their third straight and 20th in 25 games.

“That’s probably the best stuff he’s had all year,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “To go through that lineup is unbelievable. I really don’t know what to say about it.”

Young also had a big night, going 3-for-5 and homering twice. The center fielder is 9-for-16 (.474) with five homers and two doubles through the first four games of Arizona’s current six-game road trip.

“I’ve just been working with (hitting coach Rick Schu) to make some adjustments to become more consistent,” Young told the Braves’ official Web site. “I’ve been feeling good lately. I’m not saying tomorrow I’ll be feeling great, but I’m just trying to take it a day at a time. It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true.”

Young, among the NL’s top 10 with 24 homers this season, also continued his success against the Braves. In four career games against Atlanta - including a three-game home series in July - Young is 8-for-16 with four homers.

The Braves lost for the fifth time in nine games. They fell 4 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and 1 1/2 behind second-place Philadelphia.

Atlanta, which acquired slugger Mark Teixeira in a trade with Texas on July 31 in an attempt to forge a dominant offense, has scored four or fewer runs in each of its last six defeats.

“(Webb) threw what he wanted when he wanted,” said right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who picked up one of Atlanta’s hits. “All night he was a step ahead of us.”

On Saturday, the Braves will look to take advantage of Arizona starter Micah Owings (5-6, 4.76 ERA), who has not won since June 20. Owings is 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 appearances - nine starts - since then, but gave up just one run in 6 1-3 innings Sunday before the bullpen blew his lead in Arizona’s 7-6 loss to Washington.

“I’m not even thinking about that,” Owings said of his winless streak. “I’m going to keep focusing on what I can do to help the team.”

Owings, who won 13 straight decisions between the minors and majors before losing in his second big league start on April 11, has gone at least six innings in each of his last three starts. He is making his first appearance against the Braves.

Atlanta counters with Buddy Carlyle (7-4, 4.39), who is 5-2 with a 3.80 ERA in his last eight starts and has provided the Braves with a reliable starter in the back of their rotation.

“I’m just trying to keep it up,” he said. “There’s a long way to go. If I start pitching poorly, people aren’t going to care how I did before. I’ve got to keep performing.”

Carlyle, who had only one career win before this season, gave up four runs in 4 1-3 innings of Sunday’s 5-3 loss in Philadelphia.

His only previous start against the Diamondbacks came on Oct. 2, 1999 while with San Diego, allowing two runs in 6 1-3 innings without getting a decision in the Padres’ 7-5 loss. Carlyle also made two relief appearances against Arizona in 2005 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing one run in three innings.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Owings MIA vs. B. Carlyle NYM
8-8 Record 8-7
4.30 ERA 5.21
106 K 74
50 BB 32
1.28 WHIP 1.39


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