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Owings has successful return as Reds beat Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Phillips homered and drove in two runs, and Micah Owings dominated his former teammates as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Owings (3-3), traded by the Diamondbacks last September, went seven sharp innings and allowed one run and a season-low four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 10th save in as many chances.

Arizona fell to 1-4 under manager A.J. Hinch, who replaced Bob Melvin last week. The Diamondbacks are 9-14 at home and have dropped eight of 12 series this season.

Owings and Dan Haren dueled on a 98-degree night.

The Reds reached Haren (3-4) for two runs in the fourth. He went seven innings and allowed three runs and six hits.

Jerry Hairston Jr. led off the fourth with a single, stole second and scored on Phillips’ one-out single.

Phillips went to third on a single by Jay Bruce and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Hernandez to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

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 led 3-0.

Owings, meanwhile, was dominating his weak-hitting former team. The Diamondbacks entered hitting .236, matching Oakland for the major’s worst batting average.

Owings retired the first seven batters before Augie Ojeda singled in the third.

Owings walked two men in the fourth but got Eric Byrnes, batting .216, to bounce to third base to end the inning.

He 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 Felipe Lopez’ single.

The right-hander buckled down and got Miguel Montero to pop up to second base, struck out Justin Upton and got Mark Reynolds to fly to right field.

It was the second time Owings bedeviled the team that drafted him in 2005. Last Sept. 13, Owings had a pinch-hit double in the 10th inning to beat the Diamondbacks, who were contending for a division title.

Reds 3, Diamondbacks 1

St. Louis Cincinnati

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Tavers cf 4 0 1 0 FLopez 2b 4 0 2 1

HrstnJr ss 3 1 1 0 Monter c 3 0 0 0

Votto 1b 2 0 0 0 Snyder ph-c 1 0 0 0

Hanign c 2 0 0 0 J.Upton rf 4 0 0 0

Phillips 2b 4 2 2 2 Rynlds 3b 2 0 0 0

Bruce rf 4 0 1 0 Byrnes lf 4 0 0 0

RHrndz c-1b 3 0 0 1 Whitsll 1b 4 0 1 0

L.Nix lf 4 0 0 0 CYoung cf 4 0 0 0

ARosls 3b 3 0 1 0 Ojeda ss 4 0 2 0

Owings p 3 0 0 0 Haren p 2 0 1 0

Rhodes p 0 0 0 0 Rauch p 0 0 0 0

Wethrs p 0 0 0 0 RRorts ph 0 0 0 0

Corder p 0 0 0 0 JoWilsn pr 0 1 0 0

Schnws p 0 0 0 0

S.Drew ph 0 0 0 0

Totals 32 3 6 3 Totals 32 1 6 1

Cincinnati 000 201 000 — 3

Arizona 000 000 010 — 1

E—Owings (1). DP—Cincinnati 1. LOB—Cincinnati 4, Arizona 9. 2B—F.Lopez (11). HR—Phillips (6). SB—Taveras (9), Hairston Jr. 2 (3), F.Lopez (4). SF—R.Hernandez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

Owings W,3-3 7 4 1 1 2 4

Rhodes H,6 1-3 1 0 0 0 0

Weathers H,6 2-3 0 0 0 1 1

Cordero S,10-10 1 1 0 0 1 1

Colorado

Haren L,3-4 7 6 3 3 0 5

Rauch 1 0 0 0 0 0

Schoeneweis 1 0 0 0 0 1

Owings pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP—by Owings (R.Roberts), by Haren (Hairston Jr.). Umpires—Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Rob Drake; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Doug Eddings. T—2:40. A—24,835 (48,652).