Arizona (45-45) at Washington (34-57)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 9, 2008
  • TV: FSAZ, MASN2
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The Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t won three consecutive games in almost two months.

Looking for a strong outing from struggling Micah Owings, the Diamondbacks hope to accomplish that feat when they continue their road series with the reeling Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Behind Brandon Webb’s 13th victory, Arizona (45-45) moved into position to top the .500 mark with a 2-0 win over Washington on Tuesday. It was the first time since June 18-19 the Diamondbacks won consecutive games. They haven’t posted three in a row since winning four straight from May 13-16.

Arizona has stumbled to an 18-30 record since that winning streak, and is now clinging to the lead in a weak NL West.

Chris Young had an RBI single Tuesday for the Diamondbacks, who scored their other run on an error and are still looking to break out offensively. Arizona, which managed only four hits Tuesday, has scored eight total runs over its last four contests.

“They made a couple of mistakes, basically, and gave us the opportunity to score a couple runs,” Young said. “We put the pressure on them, scraped a few hits and got the runs we needed.”

Young is batting .300 (9-for-30) in his last eight games, and has hit safely in all four games against Washington in 2008, three of which were Arizona wins.

While Diamondbacks hope to ignite their offense, they’d also like to see Owings (6-7, 5.15 ERA) avoid a sixth straight losing decision. The right-hander returns to the rotation after having his last turn skipped because of an injured gluteus muscle.

“It’s real frustrating,” Owings told the Diamondbacks’ official Web site after hurting himself in a June 27 loss to Florida. “Very seldom you’ll see me do something like this where I can’t fight through. The competitive side of me obviously wants to be out there, and it’s my job to be out there.”

Owings, who won his first four starts of the season, is 0-5 with an 8.28 ERA over his last six outings. He did make a brief relief appearance Friday, retiring both batters he faced in a 5-1 loss to San Diego on Friday.

The right-hander’s losing streak began May 30 with a 7-4 loss to the Nationals. He allowed six runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Trying to avoid a seventh straight loss overall, Washington (34-57) counters with John Lannan (4-9, 3.60), who - like Owings - is looking to avoid dropping his sixth straight decision.

Lannan, who’s received little run support in going 0-5 over his last eight starts, allowed three runs in six innings and didn’t factor in the decision of a 5-3 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday.

The left-hander yielded one run in seven innings of a 1-0 loss to Webb and Arizona last Aug. 11 - his only previous start versus the Diamondbacks.

Washington’s Austin Kearns and Dmitri Young each had two hits Tuesday, but the Nationals suffered their major league-leading 11th shutout loss.

Kearns, who is 5-for-11 in his last three games, is hitting .363 with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 34 career games against Arizona.

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M. Owings Mia vs. J. Lannan Col
6-9 Record 9-15
5.93 ERA 3.91
87 K 117
41 BB 72
1.39 WHIP 1.34

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