beat Arizona with his bat last September.
On Tuesday night, he beat his former team with his arm.
homering and driving in two runs, Owings pitched the
to a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Owings said it is entirely coincidental that he's had two big games against the team that drafted him in 2005 and then dealt
him to Cincinnati last season.
''I don't want to look into that,'' Owings said. ''My focus is going out and playing the game, playing it hard and playing
it the right way, whoever it's against.''
It was Owings' second trip to Chase Field since the trade, but the first time he pitched against the Diamondbacks. Last Sept.
13, Owings had a pinch-hit double in the 10th inning to beat the Diamondbacks, who were contending for a division title.
Now the Diamondbacks are in last place in the NL West, nine games behind the
Los Angeles Dodgers
. Arizona fell to 1-4 under manager A.J. Hinch, who replaced
Owings, meanwhile, is pitching for a team with the best road record (12-5) in baseball.
Owings (3-3) outpitched Arizona's
(3-4), who again lacked run support. Arizona has scored two runs or fewer in five of Haren's eight starts.
Owings went seven sharp innings and allowed one run and a season-low four hits. He walked two and struck out four.
''Tell you, he pitched a masterful game,'' manager
dueled on a 98-degree night.
The Reds reached Haren for two runs in the fourth on a single by Phillips and a sacrifice fly by
Two innings later, Phillips hit a 1-1 pitch an estimated 452 feet off the facing of the second deck in left field, and Cincinnati
Haren went seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out five.
''Micah threw the ball real well,'' Haren said. ''He was just a little better than I was tonight.''
Arizona entered hitting .236, matching Oakland for the major's worst batting average. Keeping the Diamondbacks off-balance
with fastballs and changeups, Owings retired the first seven batters before
singled in the third.
Owings walked two men in the fourth but got
, batting .216, to bounce to third base to end the inning.
Owings worked out of another jam in the fifth. Haren led off with a single and took second on Owings' throwing error, then
moved to third on
The right-hander buckled down and got
to pop up to second, struck out
to fly to right.
''There were plenty of chances,'' Hinch said. ''We didn't really make Micah work probably as hard as we should've.''
Baker lifted Owings after he hit
leading off the eighth. Lopez followed with an RBI double off
to cut Cincinnati's lead to 3-1.
Arizona brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate with two outs, but
got Byrnes to fly to center.
The Diamondbacks brought the potential winning run to the plate against closer
in the ninth. But Cordero retired Lopez on a grounder to first to pick up his 10th save in as many chances.
''Taking the positive out of it, we're not rolling over and quitting,'' Hinch said. ''This group, they're working hard and
trying. We've just got find a way to produce better results.''
Notes: Cincinnati 1B
left the game in the fourth inning with dizziness. Votto, the NL's leading hitter with a .381 average, was listed as day-to-day.
will make his major league debut for Arizona on Wednesday night, jumping from Double-A Mobile, where he is 5-0 with a 0.78
ERA. The Diamondbacks will have to make a roster move before the game to add Augenstein.