Owings unspectacular in Diamondbacks' 6-5 win over Giants Print
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Monday, 24 March 2008 15:36
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 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Arizona right-hander Micah Owings' spring struggles continued as he allowed four runs, including two home runs, in 5 1-3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 6-5 win over San Francisco on Monday.
So far this spring, Owings is 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA. He went 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA last season.
Despite his struggles, Owings is not worried about his March performance as opening day approaches.
``No, I'm not concerned, and I don't think anybody should be concerned,'' Owings said. ``The minute you start to get concerned, you start to press. I'm just going to take it each outing, each game, each pitch, and focus on that. I'm not going to start thinking too much.''
Owings walked two in the first, but Arizona catcher Robby Hammock helped him out by throwing out two Giants on attempted steals.
The Diamondbacks' offense scored three runs on San Francisco starter Nick Pereira in the bottom half of the first. After center fielder Chris Young led off with a double, utility man Chris Burke followed with an RBI single.
Conor Jackson added a two-out, two-run home run. Owings threw a wild pitch to score Giants shortstop Brian Bocock in the third.
In the sixth, San Francisco tied the game on a two-run home run from Fred Lewis over the 40-foot batter's eye in center followed by a solo shot from catcher Bengie Molina to make it 4-4.
The back-to-back homers ended Owings' day with one out in the sixth.
``The last two guys kind of got away from him a little bit,'' Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. ``He did get up to 95 pitches, so maybe he got a hair tired. He was a couple of guys away from having a decent outing.''
Arizona scored three runs in the sixth and held on for the win.
 

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