The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to Micah Owings to help them avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season Tuesday night when they play the middle game of their road series with the San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks (9-4) had an eight-game winning streak halted with a 13-5 loss to Colorado on Sunday. On Monday night, they fell 5-4 in the opener of this series.
The last time Arizona dropped back-to-back games, Owings (2-0, 2.63 ERA) pitched a gem, allowing one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 win at Colorado on April 4. That victory started the Diamondbacks’ eight-game run, which included another strong outing by Owings.
The right-hander gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings of a 4-3 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“I thought he was pretty sharp,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “There were times when he might not have the command that he did in Colorado, but boy, to give seven innings there when our bullpen was not full up down there, those guys know it.”
Owings appears to have picked up where he left off last season. The 25-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last four starts, including his last two of 2007.
One of those victories came against the Giants on Sept. 18, when he limited them to two hits and a walk in his first career shutout.
That was a vast improvement from his only career start at AT&T Park, during which he was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in four innings of a 13-0 defeat on July 1.
The Giants (6-8), looking for their second three-game win streak of 2008, turn to Kevin Correia (1-1, 2.63), who appears to have overcome the effects of a stomach bug.
The right-hander dropped 12 pounds due to the illness before making his season debut on April 5, when he allowed four runs and six hits, including a homer, in six innings of a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee. He rebounded from that performance in a big way and received a standing ovation Thursday after throwing 7 2-3 shutout innings in a 5-1 win over St. Louis, giving up five hits.
“My body is still taxed,” said Correia, who was bothered by cramps in his left arm he felt was attributed to dehydration from the illness. “My velocity was a little down. But I got a lot of quick outs. “I got behind some guys but I made some good pitches and made the right pitches at the right times to make it a pretty good outing.”
Correia is 0-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 10 career games - two starts - against the Diamondbacks.
San Francisco left fielder Fred Lewis has been on a tear, going 10-for-19 (.526) with six doubles and a triple over the last five games.