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 DENVER (AP) -Arizona right-hander Micah Owings struck out a career-best nine batters and allowed just one run and two hits over 6 2-3 splendid innings, and the Diamondbacks pounded the struggling Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Friday.
Chad Qualls and Juan Cruz completed the two-hitter, and Mark Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who watched the Rockies celebrate a sweep of the NL championship series the last time they were in town.
Owings (1-0) at one point retired 17 straight batters.
Mark Redman (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings for Colorado.
Astros 4, Cubs 3
CHICAGO (AP) - J.R. Towles homered in the fourth, Miguel Tejada added a go-ahead triple in the eighth and the Astros sent the Cubs to their third loss in four games.
Towles' two-run drive off Rich Hill gave Houston a 2-0 lead, and that held until Geovany Soto's tying, two-run single in the seventh. Houston immediately got two runs in the eighth off Jon Lieber (0-1), thanks to some shoddy defense.
Mark DeRosa homered in the ninth off Jose Valverde, who earned his first save of the year after leading the major leagues last season with 47 for Arizona.
Wesley Wright (1-0), a 23-year-old rookie, got his first major league decision in relief.
Brewers 13, Giants 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Bill Hall homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs, leading the Brewers to a rout of San Francisco in their home opener.
Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, and Gabe Kapler drove in a pair of runs. The Brewers have won three of their first four games after taking two out of three from Chicago in their season-opening series at Wrigley Field.
Carlos Villanueva (1-0) tied a career high with six strikeouts, going 5 1-3 innings. Salomon Torres pitched three innings for his first save.
San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) set a career high with eight strikeouts. But it wasn't much of a day otherwise for Sanchez, who gave up seven runs in four-plus innings.
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